Mission to Remember: Conserving Artifacts in the 9/11 Memorial Museum Collection

A Museum employee wears blue gloves as she removes a rescue and recovery helmet from a box.
How we conserve artifacts, from the Mission to Remember documentary series.

When conserving artifacts in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s collection, staff conservators often analyze the item to answer a key question: what is the story that this object is trying to tell?

From handwritten notes on scraps of paper to massive beams of World Trade Center steel, each item in the institution’s collection has a unique story to contribute to the narrative of 9/11. Furthermore, conservators at the 9/11 Memorial Museum are responsible for preserving objects that have been significantly damaged and whose meaning is often found in the damage itself.

In this installment of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Mission to Remember video series, Assistant Conservator Maureen Merrigan discusses the special challenge of working with diverse materials – fine art, textiles, monumental emergency vehicles, building materials – that together tell the story of 9/11.

Learn more about Mission to Remember and watch other documentary videos in the series here.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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