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Washington 2007

Keynote Speech

Managing Risk and Care of Collections Through Choice of Materials

Jean Tetreault

Mannequins & Mounting Accessories

One day workshop

Instructor: Shelly Uhlir, Mount Maker, National Museum of the American Indian

Using the processes, methods, and solutions developed during the preparation of NMAI's exhibition "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses" as a springboard, this workshop will cover theories and realities of designing safe mounts for garments and their accessories. Part of the day will be devoted to discussion of participants' specific mannequin mount making challenges and to sharing information on students' own favorite techniques and materials.

Aqueous Cleaning Methods

Two day workshop

Instructor: Richard Wolbers, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum

The first day will cover general principles of wet-cleaning, while the second day will cover more advanced topics in aqueous cleaning such as bleaching, enzymes, poultices and "spotting". Participants who have taken Richard Wolber's workshops at previous NATCC conferences can sign up for the 2nd day only if they wish, however priority for the second day will be given to those participating in the first day of this workshop.

X-radiography for Textiles

Two day workshop

Instructors: Sonia O'Connor, University of Bradford, UK and Mary M. Brooks, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, UK

The first day will be a lecture format focusing on the theory and application of x-radiography to textiles. The second day will allow for hands-on experience using the x-ray unit with digital imaging at the National Museum of African Art. Participants can register for the first day only, or for both days.

Museum Track Lighting Seminar

One day workshop

Instructors: Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Levia Lew, Lighting Designer, National Museum of the American Indian

This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of how to maximize the track lighting systems so often used in museums. Topics will include the basic properties of light, making objects look as bright as possible with a small amount of light, emphasizing texture, reducing visible, UV and IR components, and lighting designer's criteria for bulb selection for different types of artwork. Participants will tour the galleries and examine different lighting scenarios.

Selecting Safe Exhibition and Storage Materials

Two day workshop

Instructor: Jean Tétreault, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute

This workshop will provide an overview of products that are available in the market and used for making display cases, mount making or used for storage purposes. Wood and paper products, coatings, textiles and various types of plastics will be discussed. Spot tests to identify products will be demonstrated. The use of silica gels and sorbents will also be covered. Basic rules for the selection of products will be shown to avoid short and long term problems related to off-gassing or staining from direct contact. Searching the Internet for product information will be demonstrated. The workshop will be presented (with a good sense of humor) through PowerPoint presentations, examination of samples, group discussion, and exhibition and/or storage visit. Participants are welcome to bring samples for discussion.


Preserving Our Heritage “The Future of the Past”: The Restructuring of the Ethnographic Collection in the Museum Nacional de Antropologia. / Alejandro González Villarruel and Judith Gómez González

Project Management Practices and Preventive Conservation Projects at the Royal Ontario Museum. / Shannon Elliott

Fragments of Queen Kristina’s Burial Costume, Preservation and Documentation of Materials, Textile Techniques and Dyestuffs. / Johanna Nilsson and Sofia Nestor

Introduction to IMLS Programs / Mark Fietl

Maintaining a Textile Museum with a Limited Budget by Applying Principles of Preventive Conservation. / Maria Catalina Plazas García and María del Pilar Muñoz

Preventive Conservation at the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. / Pia Christensson

Microbial Growth on Textiles: Conflicting Conventions. / Mary W. Ballard

Preserving Ancient Threads. Preventive Conservation Strategy for Greek Excavated Textiles. / Christina Margariti and Georgianna Moraitou

Discussion of Textile Volume of Readings in Conservation, Issues in the Conservation of Textiles [working title], to be published by the Getty Conservation Institute / Mary M. Brooks, Textile Conservation Centre, University of South Hampton

When Royal Becomes Popular. The Preventive Conservation, Documentation and Disaster Planning Project for the Textile Collection of the Former Greek Royal Palace of Tatoi. / Tatiana Kousoulou

Panel Discussion on Disaster Response and Preparedness. / Jane Long, Heritage Preservation and Robert Sonderman and Theresa Voellinger, the National Park Service.

Crossing Continents: Packing Costumes for Multi-venue Tours. / Elizabeth-Anne Haldane, Lara Flecker, Richard Ashbridge, and Adam Monaghan

The Conservation of the Original 1950s Textile Hangings in the Auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall, London. / Alison Lister, Jo Banks and Vicky Hand

The “Adopt a Textile” Program in Huaca Malena, Peru. / Rommell Angeles Falcon and Denise Pozzi-Escot

Lighting the Treasures. / Fenella G. France

Designing in Permanence: Creating the Permanent Display Gallery for the Star-Spangled Banner. / Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss



Preventative conservation of the Textiles in the National Museum of the Viceroyalty, Tepotzotlán, Mexico. / Rosa Diez Pérez

Hole-istic Compensation: Needle-felted In-fills for Losses in Wool. / Anna Hodson, Renate Maile-Moskowitz and Susan Heald

Mold Outbreaks in Storage Areas. / Allison McCloskey

Textiles and Fashion Arts on the Move: New Storage for a Collection. / Meredith Montague, Claudia P. Iannuccilli, Joel L. Thompson and Allison Sloan Murphy

Recovering the Value of a Paracas Textile (Necropolis). / Lourdes Chocano Mena

Preserving a Perishable Heritage: The Archaeological Basketry from Argentina. / Cecilia Beatriz Pérez de Micou

An Ancient Adhesive: A New Alternative for Textile Conservation. / Rosa Lorena Román Torres, Abner Gutiérrez Ramos, Nicolás Gutiérrez Zepeda, Lilia Felix Ramírez and Fernando Sánchez Guevara


Local Committee
  • Julia Burke, The National Gallery of Art

  • Susan Heald, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian

  • Esther Méthé, The Textile Museum

  • Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E Behring Center

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