Archive August 2014
“Other duties as required” is the phrase in the Smithsonian’s job descriptions dreaded by most employees, but for Alan Postlethwaite, with a science background from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sheffield University in England, problems were meant to be solved and resolved whenever possible. Alan cheerfully took on tasks that no one else could or would deal with.
Roland H. Cunningham, Senior Paintings Conservator, retired, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of Ron Cunningham, retired senior paintings conservator at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), on August 16, 2014. Ron came to the Smithsonian’s Conservation Analytical Laboratory (now called MCI) in 1982 from the Hartford Athenaeum, where he was already an established presence in the paintings conservation community.
Fall is almost here and with that usually comes a new crop of interns and fellows. The Washington Conservation Guild encourages its emerging professionals to participate in the many activities it has to offer in addition to its monthly meetings including tours of area conservation laboratories, happy hours with ECPN, and our Portfolio Day. WCG also supports its interns through the Sidney Williston Fund every year.
Cooperation between science and the humanities illuminates the past and improves conservation techniques.
Topics in Preservation Series Lecture from the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress
Evaluating Storage Materials: Alternatives to the Oddy Test
September 4, 2014
Library of Congress
*James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Ave SE
Dining Room A, Sixth Floor
* The lecture will be webcast. To tune in, please send an email at least three business days in advance to Ray Privott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4, 2014
Upstairs at Mr. Henry’s Victorian Pub
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Appetizers courtesy of the Washington Conservation Guild.
Conference Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
With major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Hosted and co-sponsored by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
October 27 – 28, 2014
8:30 – 9:00am Registration & Refreshments
9:00 – 5:00pm Program
About the Program: