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Conservators share preservation techniques with students

March 30, 2017
By Nicolette Meister

Conservators share preservation techniques with students

Gary Albright, paper and photograph conservator from Rochester, NY, demonstrates how to make photo corners for mounting historic photographs 

Museum Studies students received one of a kind hands-on experiential learning opportunities when two conservators headed to campus to work with and mentor them.  

In March, Gary Albright, a photo and paper conservator from New York, returned to Beloit College to benchmark the Logan Museum’s progress on the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded cold storage project. He also presented a workshop on photo preservation and archival mounting to Museum Studies students and staff. Students learned how to make four different types of photo-corners and practiced constructing these corners on sample boards that will serve as permanent teaching tools.

In 2013 Gary completed a conservation assessment of the Logan Museum’s photo archives; a collection that includes over 28,000 photographs, negatives, slides, and glass plates. His assessment formed the basis of a subsequent grant proposal to implement cold storage, which was awarded last fall. Read more about this project in a past, Museum Monday.

This month, Cricket Harbeck, a private practice objects conservator in Milwaukee, will be in residence at the Logan Museum the week of April 3-7. Students will work side-by-side with Cricket treating objects in the Logan Museum’s collection and will benefit from two workshops to be offered in conjunction with Curator of Collections & Adjunct Assistant Professor Nicolette Meister’s Introduction to Collections Management class. Cricket will also visit Shannon Fie’s Pots and People course to talk about field conservation and the preservation of archaeological ceramics.

On Wednesday, April 5, Cricket will present a public presentation, Object Conservation at the Gordion Archaeological Project in Turkey, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Mathers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cricket’s visit was made possible through generous support from Rick Dexter`70, the Beloit College Museum Studies Program, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Anthropology Department, and Chemistry Department.