On 12 November 2015, a group of hardy Conservators braved the rain and wind of storm Abigail to travel from Edinburgh and Glasgow to visit the Glucksman Conservation Centre at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen.
View from upper floors to lower ground floor of the library
Rather than being a renovated building, the Glucksman Conservation Centre, which opened in 2012, is a part of the newly built library. Conservators had an input into how the centre was designed, and what equipment was needed, so I was keen to see what this space would look like.
Annual Conference: 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2016
Call for Papers: ‘Global Futures’
Conservation has always been a profession of creativity and resourcefulness. As the world moves forward, we face rapid growth in many areas – but the demands conservators face do not diminish in number as a result of this. This is an opportunity to assess the challenges and the potential that the future offers us, and to share our experiences of how we can face that future with the innovation and ingenuity that we have done in the past.
To conserve or not to conserve, that is the question. This interesting article explains why a conservator may choose not to carry out treatment and the benefits of damage.
2. Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History
This useful website provides guidelines on how to create storage solutions for all types of heritage objects. Guidelines are submitted by collection care professionals from all over the world, and you can upload your own innovative solutions too.
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Find out how antibody research has been used in the conservation of a polychrome sculpture in this fascinating article.
4. Conversations on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Browse through 20 posters produced by students of UCL’s Masters programme ‘Principles of Conservation’. These offer fresh perspectives on a range of subjects, such as ‘The Illicit Trade of Antiquities in Cambodia’, ‘Vandalism and Art’, and ‘Artist Intent and the Interview in Practise’.
5. Getty Conservation Institute
If you have a spare 10 minutes, make sure you watch this excellent video on the conservation of modern paints.
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Fireworks over Edinburgh