Memories of Glass

This week’s article reviews a recent training event for Icon Interns on the conservation of glass plate negatives held at the RCAHMS and describes the process of repairing a plate using a pressure binding method…

Earlier this year, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) hosted a training day on the repair of glass plate negatives organised by resident Icon Intern, Marta García-Celma. Other Icon Interns came from all over the country to take part in the training session. The day was split into two parts. In the morning, there were lectures covering the preventative and interventive conservation of glass plates and their digitisation. This was followed by a practical session in the afternoon, where we got to repair our very own glass plate. Continue reading

Best of the Blogs – March

This month’s blog round-up contains articles from all over the world, from Cambodia to Edinburgh and from London to San Francisco, covering subjects from the conservation of musical instruments and audio-visual media to outsize prints by Albrecht Durer and textiles by William Morris. These articles demonstrate what I love about conservation; it’s wonderful diversity and beautiful historic objects.

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Event: Rescuing Rennie Mackintosh

Next week, on Tuesday 14 April, the Icon Scotland Group will be hosting a talk at the Centre for Research Collections at Edinburgh University Main Library about the salvage operations following the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art.

This talk, by Academic Liaison Librarian Duncan Chappell, will describe the immediate response to the fire and to the salvage of the School’s archives and collections. It will explain some of the decision-making processes that were devised, and explore the complex ethical considerations that inevitably arise in such situations. It will also discuss the management of the post-fire archaeological dig and salvage operation, and how different teams of people were managed. Finally, it will also discuss the School’s longer-term plans to rebuild its collection in strategically-aligned ways.
Please join us on Tuesday 14 April from 3.30pm – 4.30pm to hear more on this fascinating topic.
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Glasgow School of Art Library

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