April Meeting Summary—A Journey Through the Carter Library: Conserving Publisher’s Bindings at The University of Virginia Library

April Meeting Summary—A Journey Through the Carter Library: Conserving Publisher’s Bindings at The University of Virginia Library

Apr 23, 2015

Presenter: Quinn Ferris

Quinn Ferris is a graduate student at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and is completing her fourth year internship at the University of Virginia. On April 2 she presented one of her on-going treatments as an example of collections stewardship at UVA and libraries and archives preservation.

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.

January Meeting Summary—Advocacy in Conservation: Just Showing Up

January Meeting Summary—Advocacy in Conservation: Just Showing Up

Mar 15, 2015

Scott Nolley (Fine Art Conservation of Virginia) began his talk by addressing the idea of advocacy in its broadest forms.  Though the word advocacy is frequently used in modern contexts as a buzzword for progress (much like diversity or sustainability in other arenas) Nolley defined it specifically as “speaking and acting on behalf of oneself and others.”

February Meeting Summary – “I Gave Gold for Iron”: Nineteenth-Century Cast Iron Jewelry at the Harvard Art Museums

February Meeting Summary – “I Gave Gold for Iron”: Nineteenth-Century Cast Iron Jewelry at the Harvard Art Museums

Mar 12, 2015

Diana Galante, Objects conservator at the National Museum of American History, presented her research on cast iron jewelry conducted at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums (H/AM).

November Meeting Summary: Preserving the Nimrud Ivories in Iraq

Dec 20, 2013

Summarized by Natasha Trenear, Conservation Fellow, Anthropology Conservation Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution

The Challenges of Preserving the Nimrud Ivories in Iraq