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Epidemiological Concepts Applied to Cultural Heritage

http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/pdf_publications/epidemiology.html In June 2015, the Getty Conservation Institute convened a meeting at the Rothschild Foundation at Windmill Hill Archive on the Waddesdon Manor and Estate in Aylesbury, UK, to explore the possibilities of adapting an epidemiological approach to cultural…

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Removing the Backing Board From a Work of Art on Paper

Do you have a drawing, painting or print that has been adhered to matte board?  Over time, matte board and other backing boards can become acidic, and the adhesive used to marry the art and backing board together can…

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Ink From Ancient Egyptian Papyri Contains Copper

Does your collection include papyrus artifacts?  Until recently, the inks used to write on ancient papyrus were assumed to be carbon-based.  Researchers have discovered that the inks in this papyrus manuscript actually contain copper, which will affect the methods…

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Library of Virginia

An incredible resource and cultural heritage repository in the state of Virginia.…

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Conservation, Restoration and Repair of Circus Posters

The history of circus posters is a fascinating one.  The vast majority of the time, these posters were intended to be ephemeral, posted on building walls and in windows as an advertisement.  About a week before the performance, the…

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Cleaning Stained and Yellowed Works of Art On Paper

A Charles Hamilton Smith engraved illustrated print prior to washing and stain reduction. The same work of art on paper after treatment, which involved washing, deacidification and treatment with stain reducing agents. Do you own a work of art…

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Bible Repair & Restoration

Do you have a family bible that has become worn or tattered over the years?  Are there loose or torn pages?  Is the sewing structure or cover coming apart?  Most people don’t realize that in many instances, these treasured…

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Conservation and Repair of Civil War Era Newspapers

The following is a video created by my colleagues Leslie Courtois and Audrey Johnson at the Library of Virginia.  In it, Leslie and Audrey detail and illustrate the treatment concerns related to Civil War era newspapers.  They address the…

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Recovering Books and Works of Art on Paper From Fires

Notes from Carteret County Fire Recovery Workshop Burnsville Museum, June 2, 2014 In this workshop, the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team created a mock museum, and set it on fire.  Workshop participants were then brought in two days later,…