Ensuring Collection Care for the Future: Ongoing Research in Methods & Materials for Preventive Conservation

A special half-day event organized by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, National Collections Program, and the National Museum of Natural History

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)


February 9, 2018 1:00-4:30PM

1:00-1:15              Welcome, Bill Tompkins (Director, National Collections Program)

1:15-1:40              A Continuum of Care: The Trajectory of Research on Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Pamela Hatchfield (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

1:40-2:05              From Oddy Tests to Instrumental Analysis: New Approaches to Assessing Materials Used in Proximity to Artwork, Dr. Greg Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

2:05-2:30              Best Practices in Labelling Natural History Collections: A Case Study in Effective Material Selection, Carolyn Leckie (Canadian Museum of Nature)

2:30-3:00              BREAK

3:00-3:25              Assessing the Environmental Performance of Museum Packing Cases, Vincent Beltran (Getty Conservation Institute)

3:25-3:50              Preventive Conservation at Colonial Williamsburg: Past, Present & Future, Patricia Silence (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

3:50-4:00              Closing Remarks, Dr. Robert Koestler (Director, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute)



If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Kaczkowski, Preventive Conservator at the Museum Conservation Institute, at KaczkowskiR@si.edu.