It was interesting to compare disaster management plans, issues with pest management, and temperature and relative humidity control measures tailored to a Northern Hemisphere climate. I also had the opportunity to observe and discuss conservation assessment and treatment approaches to materials I had not encountered firsthand before, such as papyrus, vellum and parchment.
|Wilson Conservation Studio|
I assisted Sarah and Marie with preparations for an upcoming exhibition, ‘The Art of Anatomy’, which will feature historical medical drawings and models. Being a small studio, the conservators are often required to problem solve and perform a variety of jobs in the lead up to an exhibition – exhibition designer, art handler, mount-maker, lighting technician and curator (to list a few!).
|Anatomical models on custom-made mounts for the exhibition|
Constructing a mount (consisting of a backing support board and mount window) is a very useful skill for a conservator and one I was eager to learn. Mounts provide vital support to fragile works on paper, they help to ensure easy access in storage, reduce the risk of physical damage upon handling and enhance the display of works. Sarah and Marie guided me through measuring and cutting them mounts, attaching the mount-window to the backing board, trimming and positioning the image within the window with hinge mounts. A deceptively time-consuming process, it was very satisfying to reach the final product!
|A work in progress|