Date(s) - 03/07/2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Fee: £5.00 pay in cash on door
This meeting will be of interest to conservators, conservation students and those needing to make decisions about the treatment of objects, such as conservation managers and archaeologists. It will be covering issues relevant to all fields of conservation.
Consolidation involves the strengthening of weakened or friable objects or object surfaces to minimize further damage and promote long term preservation. The focus of treatment may be a friable surface, such as a pastel drawing or brittle fibre, or a weakened material which requires strengthening with a deeply penetrating solution, eg degraded stone, softened wood, delaminating paint or archaeological materials.
Consolidation is often viewed as a basic approach to stabilizing degraded and vulnerable objects – one which can be seen as too common-place to talk about. It is also one of the most interventive practises a conservator uses and one of the least reversible.
This meeting aims to revisit the concept and principles of consolidation. With the expert guidance of Collection Care and Conservation Consultant Velson Horie, a renowned specialist in conservation material science. We will consider approaches to consolidation, solvent / consolidant characteristics and methodology. Presentations by private and national museum professionals will cover the importance of context, qualities of materials and practicalities of application.
Examples of consolidation projects and materials will be available to encourage discussion and reflection on our experiences of consolidation, with a view to learning from each other across the range of conservation specialisms.
Refreshments will be provided and a light lunch is included.
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|10.15||Welcome & notices
|Re-introducing consolidation||Allyson Rae
|10.30||Consolidation – Background Science
Collection Care and Conservation Consultant
|11.30||Coffee & network|
|12.00||Consolidation – In Practice
|13.15||Lunch (included) & network|
Examples of consolidants / consolidation projects
An opportunity to look at a range of consolidants up close.
The trouble with consolidation….
Bring images of your own of consolidation challenges to discuss informally.
|Explore the Castle Museum|
|15.15||Interrogating consolidation: Current practice, problems, potential solutions
|Allyson Rae, Velson Horie
|Consolidation: yes and no||Barbara Wills
Conservator, the British Museum
|Consolidation: An Old Lag Looks Back – a short review of consolidation and consolidants over forty years in conservation.||George Monger
Conservation & Heritage Consultant
George Monger Conservation & Museum Services
|An inexpensive D.I.Y. Ultrasonic Mister for Consolidation||Nicholas Burnett
Chief Conservator, Museum Conservation Services Ltd
|Questions and Discussion|
This event is fully booked.