There are two purpose-built conservation studios within Museums and Special Collections; the Conservation Laboratory based at Marischal College, and the Glucksman Conservation Centre in the Special Collections Centre.
The conservation staff look after all aspects of the physical care of the collections which include an extremely wide range of materials. Work includes both interventive conservation (physical and chemical stabilisation of items) and implementation of preventive measures to monitor or control agents that can cause deterioration to the collection.
Staff also contribute to the exhibition and engagement programmes, university teaching and analytical research based on the collections.
The aim of the Capturing the Energy project is to promote wider recognition of the technical and cultural importance of the offshore oil and gas industry and encourage retention of significant records for research and education.
Duncan Liddel left his library to Marischal College, Aberdeen on his death in 1613. Marischal College was a new institution founded in 1593 and Liddel's bequest, which included monies for bursaries and academic posts, was vital to the university's continuing growth.
The Oral History Archive is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom. The interviews were intended to aid historians working on monographs for the University's Quincentenary. Interviewing continues, and the archive now contains over 200 interviews with 170 individuals.