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Conservation and Digitisation Centre Kanut



You can conserve and restore many different objects at Kanut – wooden, metal, textile, paper, glass as well as mixed materials. We help preserve pieces of art, furniture, ceramics, photographs, etc.

In the case of conservation, we find the best solution to preserve an item for a long period of time is by mending minor faults, preventing further damage, and preparing a protective casing. Restoration is a more time-consuming job, including the preparation of missing details as similar to the original as possible, so the object would look like it did during its early days.

Today, conservation is often the preferred option – it allows the object to stay 100% original. Restoration is used when one wishes to put the item into active use – for example, replacing a missing chair leg. So, the nature and state of an object as well as the customer’s wishes help to determine the right technique.

Kanut considers all of this and offers the best solution. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and orders. We will give initial advice, agree on a meeting, evaluate the extent of conservation/restoration works, make a price proposal, and give you the timeframe of works.


Digitisation allows to maintain, preserve and share exciting information and to use it several ways:

  • to ensure the preservation of documents, photographs, and pieces of art even when their original materials decay;
  • to make sure old data media – diapositives, glass plate negatives, films – for which there are no modern utilisation devices – can be seen and used by those interested;
  • to share old farm maps, genealogical trees, family albums, etc. with friends, relatives and other interested parties;
  • to ensure that information about three-dimensional objects is also available in an electronic form.

In Kanut, you can digitise paintings, graphic art, drawings, documents, manuscripts, sheets of music, maps, photographs, photographic negatives, diapositives, glass plate negatives, and recordings. We also digitize three-dimensional objects, such as clothes, furniture, ceramics and glass items, bindings, etc. Digitisation does not damage the original, nor does it compromise its integrity.

We prepare TIFF and/or JPEG files, and PNG-files if requested, according to the customer’s wishes for viewing and using the items. This creates a multitude of new usage opportunities for the items – for example, you can prepare an exhibition of the photographs of your ancestors, print an old family sign on a T-shirt, make an e-postcard to a friend, or use an interesting drawing from several decades ago.

  • Old documents, photographs, etc. often need to be conserved before their digitization to ensure the best solution for their preservation – Kanut can help in this matter as well.
  • We prepare the most suitable casings, boxes, etc. for the preservation of small items.
  • When digitising objects, we also provide a list of works done in case it is of interest to the next generations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your inquiries and orders. We will give initial advice, agree on a meeting, evaluate the extent of conservation/restoration works, make a price proposal and give you the timeframe of works.

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