Conservation of a Clove Boat

Verena Kotonski, Specialist Conservator (Organics), British Museum In November 2014, my workbench temporarily turned into something close to a shipyard when a model boat made of cloves arrived in the Organic Artefacts Conservation Studio. Every object that goes on temporary or permanent display at the Museum receives a thorough condition check and, if necessary, conservation treatment before its installation in an exhibition. The clove boat was to be included in the exhibition Connecting continents: Read more [...]

Bank of America Art Conservation Project Announces Call for 2015 Grant Submissions

Dateline City: CHARLOTTE, N.C. Bank of America continues to expand its global effort to preserve culturally important works of art, today announcing a request for grant applications from global art institutions. Applications for the Bank of America Art Conservation Project are welcome from all nonprofit cultural institutions with significant works of art requiring conservation. The deadline for Read more [...]

Prince William is Regal at the Tusk Conservation Awards

He’s always been passionate about animal-related causes and Prince William showed his support at the 2014 Tusk Conservation Awards on Tuesday night (November 25). The Duke of Cambridge rubbed shoulders with high society types at Claridge’s Hotel in London, England, dressed in a dapper dark tuxedo. Earlier this week, Prince William awarded “Homeland” actor Damian Lewis with an OBE for his services to the dramatic arts. Of his conversation with William, Damian explained, "He said, 'Catherine Read more [...]

The Conservation of Henri Matisse’s The Swimming Pool

The centerpiece of the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Matisse’s remarkable room-size cut-out The Swimming Pool returns to the MoMA galleries for the first time in more than 20 years. In this video, MoMA’s Department of Conservation shares a behind-the-scenes look at the process of conserving this beloved artwork, and in the text below conservator Laura Neufeld provides background on the project.     On a hot summer day in 1952 Henri Matisse visited a favorite swimming Read more [...]

The Dallas Museum of Art Announces 2014 Art Conservation Project Grant

Dateline City: Dallas Largest Known Example of Silverwork from Wiener Werkstätte to Be Restored By the Dallas Museum of Art The Dallas Museum of Art today announced that they have received funding from Bank of America to restore the Wittgenstein silver display case, or vitrine, through the bank’s 2014 global Art Conservation Project. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Read more [...]

Environmentalists from Mexico and Tanzania Win 2014 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2014)—Biologist Enriqueta Velarde, a researcher at the University of Veracruz’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries in Mexico, who has devoted 35 years to studying and conserving the seabirds of the Gulf of California’s Isla Rasa, is the 2014 winner of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation. Scientist and biologist Benezeth Mutayoba, professor at Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture and vice chairman of Read more [...]

The Beau Street Hoard: Not quite the end… conservation, outreach and further investigations

Hazel Gardiner, Metals Conservator, British Museum The soil block after excavation of the hoard and prior to dismantling and return to the archaeologists who carried out the excavation. For those who have been following the progress of the conservation of the Beau Street Hoard on the blog, I am delighted to announce that all the coins – around 17,500 of them – have now been cleaned to required identification standards, that is, to the point where the legend and significant features Read more [...]