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Analyzing Layers of Paintings with XRF

A short video from the Fitzwilliam Museum explaining XRF analysis applications in works of art on paper. The ability to view multiple layers of media and analyze their components is incredibly helpful in art conservation.…

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Conservation in the Era of COVID-19

The viral pandemic that has swept the world has undoubtedly had an impact on everyone to one degree or another. I count myself fortunate that I have been able to continue to complete conservation treatments on client projects, although…

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Military Discharge Paper Restoration and Repair

I have many clients who come to me with family heirlooms, including military discharge papers from ancestors long passed. These cherished family artifacts are often acidic, yellowing, and becoming embrittled. Many of them have tears and non-archival tape repairs,…

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Vellum Indentures: Artifactual History Examined

The conservation treatment of parchment can present many challenges. You can see in the document above that multiple seals are present, either made of paper and foil or wax and cloth. Care must be taken to preserve the seals,…

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How to Care For Vellum and Parchment Documents

Many of my clients come to me for help preserving their historic vellum and parchment documents. One of the questions almost all clients ask is how they can care for their documents to preserve them for many generations to…