Here at Willard, we love learning about new projects that showcase new techniques and approaches to conservation projects. These projects even contribute improvements to our product ranges alongside working with conservators to develop enhancements, custom features and even brand new tools and equipment. In this blog, we’re sharing the most inspiring projects we’ve posted on our LinkedIN page so far this 2020.
Will any inspire your future projects?
Conserving one of the oldest photographs in MoMA's collection
We love a video documentation and this one does not disappoint. Lee Ann Daffner, MoMA’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservator, explores the sensitive chemistry of removing tarnish from early photographic images. “There’s a real art and science to the cleaning,” Daffner explains. “Not only do you have to know the systems and materials and types of deterioration, but you need to know when to stop.”
Watch the full video here.
A close look at a small English manuscript at the Fitzwilliam Museum
This blog demonstrates the importance of a thorough investigative analysis project, its wondrous results and how it can impact the understanding of manuscripts from a specific century. Sometimes small objects contain unexpected treasures!
Read more here.
Small is beautiful: Conservation of objects from two dolls houses
Collaboration is so beneficial in this industry which is demonstrated in this project undertaken between Textile Conservation Studio, in Norfolk and the Decorative Arts Conservation Studio at Knole. They are working together to treat and conserve the interior contents from the 18th century dolls houses at Uppark and Nostell Priory. There are multiple updates from this project which keeps us checking back for more.
Read the story so far here.
Ghent Altarpiece: latest phase of restoration unmasks the humanised face of the Lamb of God
Another project showing how in-depth analysis has allowed for detailed conservation work to be carried out to remove overpainting that looked so similar to the original but was actually hiding fine detail. A fine example of innovative analysis in conservation.
Find out more here.
Photos: Saving an Ancient Roman Sculpture, Step by Careful Step
This blog post is not only inspiring in content but the way it is documented. The Getty sure know how to document their conservation projects and we just love the insight provided in this one in particular. From the arrival to detailed analysis and so much more.
Take a look for yourself here.