IIC Congress: CXD Behind the Scenes

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Beautifully engineered by hand Planorama at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. (Images courtesy of Conservation By Design.)

Conservation By Design (CXD) is very proud to be a title sponsor of the IIC Congress this year. The company’s commitment to the sector is evident not only through its pedigree in terms of delivery, but also through its investment in many long-term projects and initiatives that benefit the industry at large.

INTRODUCING CXD

Contemporary thinking and practice in conservation, together with changing standards in the sector, leave the conservator with the challenge of balancing the needs of the object, cost and concerns for the environment.
 
COVID-19 is testing everyone in new ways of working. The new normal, for many, now includes managing and monitoring collections remotely, depending more than ever on having robust preservation approaches and storage solutions that are also compatible with working from home.
 
Museums, libraries, archives and galleries worldwide have been turning to CXD for its market-leading range of cultural preservation and display products since 1992. The company is able to offer bespoke product solutions through its in-house creative engineering capabilities alongside dedicated factories that manufacture a large range of acid-free archival storage boxes as well as a growing range of conservation-grade polyester pockets.

In addition, CXD designs and produces a wide range of hand-built storage furniture including Planorama®, a unique anodised aluminium drawer storage and display system.

All CXD’s products are crafted with care and expertise, using premium materials with the company’s status as a Royal Warrant Holder bringing further endorsement.

DIRECTION

CXD’s commercial director, Caroline Checkley-Scott, is leading the company’s proactive and progressive approach to the sector. She joined CXD in 2015 and has spent nearly 30 years in the conservation industry, having worked at some of the country’s most famous institutions.

Passionate about the role CXD plays, Caroline explains: “Imagine a world where we didn’t look after what was precious to us. We’d lose our history, our heritage, our ability to tell our story. At CXD, we know what is important to those who archive, curate, conserve, preserve and protect, and we use innovative technologies to futureproof the past and preserve cultural heritage for the future.”

INVESTING IN RESEARCH

Caroline also feels very strongly about CXD’s role in supporting the industry. She says: “Latterly, there has been less on offer in terms of training, and we have a responsibility to support the next generation of conservators, and indeed the progress of the industry, with scholarships, sponsorship and initiatives like Timecare® Magazine. https://www.cxdinternational.com/timecare-magazine

“We make some of the best products on the market, but we don’t stop there. We need to invest heavily in things like testing and extending our reach around the world.”

CXD has funded major research by three postgraduate students at University College London (UCL), and Caroline adds:

“Historically, conservation research had been somewhat sporadic, but these three UCL postgraduates are working on truly robust pieces of independent work, including what is the ultimate box for an archive. The scholarships make heritage science more accessible, increasing the diversity of the field. They give talented students the opportunity to learn from an industry-leading company, acquiring valuable transferable skills.

“This collaboration also boosts the impact of our research. This will be especially evident in the work of one particular scholar, Morana Novak, who will be speaking at Congress on the subject of Archival box - a tool for the modification of storage environments in historical buildings.”

INVESTING IN SPACE

The loyalty of CXD’s global customer base, together with the increase in the projects they are being awarded in conservation studio design, has seen the company outgrow its previous base in Bedford and move to new premises in Milton Keynes to offer a fully streamlined service.

Find out more at www.cxdinternational.com and follow CXD on social media.
Facebook: @conservationbydesigncxd
Twitter: @CXDLtd
Instagram: @conservationbydesigncxd

Read the entire article in the October-November 2020 "News in Conservation Issue 80, and enter the CXD Congress contest here: https://www.cxdinternational.com/iiccompetition

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Conservation By Design (CXD) is very proud to be a headline sponsor of the IIC Congress this year. The company’s commitment to the sector is evident not only through its pedigree in terms of delivery, but also through its investment in many long-term projects and initiatives that benefit the industry at large.
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