Visit to the Glucksman Conservation Centre, Aberdeen

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

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.

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Call for papers – ARA Annual Conference 2016, Conservation Stream

Annual Conference: 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2016

London, UK

 Call for Papers: ‘Global Futures’

Conservation Stream

 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.

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Best of the Blogs – December

1.Medieval Books

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.