Date(s) - 16/09/2014
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
UCM Department of Earth Sciences
The SHARE Conservation and Natural History Networks are pleased to host this one-day workshop on the conservation of feathers. Aimed at participants responsible for the care and conservation of natural history, ethnography and textile collections, the workshops will encourage co-operation and learning between disciplines through a basic introduction to the theory and practice of caring for feathered collections.
- Be encouraged to share their experiences and challenges in caring for objects and specimens incorporating feathers.
- Learn about the factors affecting the condition of feathers – their composition, structure, how they are used in artefacts and how they deteriorate.
- Identify conservation needs.
- Explore the ethical framework for treating these fragile collections and retaining the evidence they hold.
- Undertake a range of cleaning treatments, re-shaping and repair techniques on sample feathers.
The workshop will be led by Allyson Rae who has extensive experience in the conservation of artefacts incorporating feathers. Now a freelance conservator, she was Head of Organic Artefacts Conservation at the British Museum for 16 years and has run workshops on feather conservation for since 2007.
Hand-outs and refreshments (tea /coffee) will be provided, but lunch is not, so please bring a packed lunch or make your own arrangements.
Most of the materials and equipment you need will be provided. A few pieces are more personal and we ask you to bring the following:
|Soft brush (quite large eg c size 12)||
|Scissors suitable for fine work||
|Scalpel and blades – Swann and Morton No 15 is ideal||
|Many people find visual aids helpful for the fine repair work. We will provide some magnifier lamps, etc, but there will not be enough for everyone||
Optivisor or similar
Images of feather conservation challenges:
If you have images of a challenging project which you would like to share at the workshop do bring them along on a memory stick / CD / hard copy
Brunn M and Burns J, (eds.) 2005. Fur Trade Legacy: The Preservation Of Organic Materials, Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property, 17-18 May, Jasper, Canada; CAC/ACCR, Ottawa.
Copies of this publication will be available to purchase at the Workshop at cost price (£15.00)