April Meeting: Intern Talks

April Meeting: Intern Talks

Mar 16, 2015

Please come to the next meeting of the Washington Conservation Guild at the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station in Silver Spring, MD on Thursday April 2nd, 2015

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Reception and opportunity to view the restored site
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  We will have four talks presented by five local interns.

January Meeting Summary—Working with a Collection of Radioactive Objects

January Meeting Summary—Working with a Collection of Radioactive Objects

Mar 26, 2015

On January 8, 2015, as part of the Theory and Practice Ring, Sharon Norquest, Conservator, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Amelia Kile, Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; and David Peters, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Safety Health and Environment Management, Smithsonian Institution, gave a talk.

Conservator Sharon Norquest and Amelia Kile of the National Air and Space Museum recently underwent a yearlong project in the preparation of radioactive objects for display.

January Meeting Summary—Portable XRF Analyses of Copper Alloys and Recent Thoughts on Calibration

January Meeting Summary—Portable XRF Analyses of Copper Alloys and Recent Thoughts on Calibration

Mar 20, 2015

Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator, National Gallery of Art, spoke as part of the Theory and Practice Ring at the “WCG’s 3-Ring Circus.” For conservators and conservation scientists, one of the most challenging aspects of quantitative x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) analysis is reliable calibration to ensure repeatability and permit data comparison across institutions using the same instrument. 

January Meeting Summary—Mutual Outreach: collaborative study and preservation of coastal Alaskan Native material culture with museum staff, Alutiiq scholars and artists, university students and the visiting public

January Meeting Summary—Mutual Outreach: collaborative study and preservation of coastal Alaskan Native material culture with museum staff, Alutiiq scholars and artists, university students and the visiting public

Mar 15, 2015

The focus of Fran Ritchie’s (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, National Museum of the American Indian) talk was her participation in a collaborative treatment project between The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak, Alaska and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA, funded by a grant from Save America’s Treasures.

January Meeting Summary—Building Educated Clients

January Meeting Summary—Building Educated Clients

Mar 15, 2015

In his talk, John Greenwalt Lee (Materials Conservator, The John Greenwalt Lee Company) focused on the importance of context and clear, effective communication in architectural preservation projects. Architectural preservation is a highly collaborative process involving multiple teams and stakeholders each having specific goals.