S02E05: Modern Materials

Together with guest host Sophie Rowe we try to get to grips with modern materials: plastics of all sorts, technology, and sticky tape. Christina has a quick chat with conservator Abby Moore about plastics in particular, our agony aunt answers another listener question in Dear Jane, and Kloe reviews ‘PUR Facts: Conservation of Polyurethane Foam in Art and Design.’ 


00:00:25 Our experiences of modern materials
00:03:53 The trouble of identification
00:05:26 Training courses and books about plastics
00:09:34 Destructive testing and setting stuff on fire
00:11:05 What can we learn from just looking at plastics?
00:13:56 Do we just need to do more testing and sharing? 
00:15:53 The tricky question of tape – wanted or unwanted?
00:20:14 Fatbergs on display and the oddities of modern art
00:23:09 Let’s not forget about retro technology
00:25:46 Obsolete technology and do we need ’working’ tech objects?
00:27:41 Jenny’s nerdy interest in tech history and amateur restoration
00:30:33 Back to plastics: what about cleaning and treatment?
00:34:31 How does this impact how we collect modern materials long-term?
00:40:21 Kloe’s Correx horror story
00:46:13 Interview with Abby Moore
00:56:16 Dear Jane
01:00:34 Review: PUR Facts – Conservation of Polyurethane Foam in Art and Design
01:05:51 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes: 
– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Sophie’s blog entry about the UCM plastics project: https://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/blog/2016/12/20/fantastic-plastic/
– Google Patents: https://patents.google.com/
– Conservation of Plastics by Yvonne Shashoua: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0750664959/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0750664959&linkCode=as2&tag=thecwordpodca-21&linkId=64f6c28fe0e2478c8fcae67cb5a1723f
– ‘Fatberg blocking London sewer could become museum exhibit’ via The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/sep/13/fatberg-blocking-london-sewer-could-become-museum-exhibit
– POPART: http://popart-highlights.mnhn.fr/
– Centre for Computing History: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/
– PUR Facts by Thea van Oosten: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/9089642102/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=9089642102&linkCode=as2&tag=thecwordpodca-21&linkId=01152fb58135f81ac9079b5b0e4df43c or http://en.aup.nl/books/9789048512072-pur-facts.html

Other Resources:
– MoDiP Resource Kit for Curators and Collectors: http://www.modip.ac.uk/resources/curators-collectors
– Things Change: Conservation and Display of Time-based Media Art: http://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/projects/pericles/things-change-conservation-and-display-time-based-media-art
– Care of Plastics Webinar: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/online-event-recordings-care-of-plastics/

Jenny’s favourite online tech historians:
– TechMoan Retro Tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdObeF9VHiA&list=PLN2yCnHTG_6qxmv_pdBxWxCPsbA1Cl2RI
– LGR Tech Tales: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB1vrRFJI1Q&list=PLbBZM9aUMsjEVZPCDMl-lXOx50rSBNFQC

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S02E04: Emerging Professionals 2

We revisit the topic of emerging professionals and ponder when a conservator is a conservator. We talk to Julie Dawson and Edward Cheese from the Fitzwilliam Museum about hiring, interview tips, and what employers really want. Our agony aunt addresses a student question in Dear Jane, and we air some issues around acknowledging conservators in exhibitions, the role of directors, and the job market in the comments section.


00:00:44 News in brief
00:01:39 Revisiting the topic
00:02:21 How quickly we forget!
00:07:11 The trouble with staying flexible later in your career
00:09:40 Maternity and being working mothers
00:10:58 Imposter syndrome 
00:13:09 When is a conservator no longer a conservator?
00:17:15 Training, CPD, and the emerging conservator
00:26:33 Networking doesn’t have to be frightening
00:32:43 Interview with Julie Dawson and Edward Cheese
01:00:48 Dear Jane: What should a student bring to university?
01:03:43 Comments, questions, corrections: credits, directors, and jobs
01:10:36 Marie’s stats on job hunting
01:15:46 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes: 
– ICON’s first Twitter conference: https://icon.org.uk/events/icons-twitter-conference
– ICON triennial conference – save the date: https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-heads-to-belfast-for-2019-international-triennial-conference
– UKEMP Hub: https://ukemp.com/

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S02E03: Freelancing

We take a closer look at freelancing in conservation: being a scalpel for hire! We cover topics such as clever tool hacks, the pros and cons of going solo, and how the types of clients affect the work you do. We share our own experiences and chat about how you can brush up on your business skills. Also tune in for interviews with two other freelance conservators: Nigel Larkin and Sally Woodcock.

00:00:30 Conservation perfumes – can it be?!
00:05:55 What would a scent called ‘The Conservator’ smell like?
00:06:35 Jenny’s been to a wax conference
00:09:45 Kloe and the Manchester suffragette banner
00:11:45 Our experiences of freelancing
00:20:30 Are specialists more likely to be freelancers?
00:23:34 Conservation companies: employees vs. one-man-bands
00:25:40 Sub-contracting and working together
00:26:30 Workload and pace of commercial jobs
00:29:10 Freelancer, consultant, or independent conservator?
00:31:16 Benefits of working with other freelancers
00:33:25 Tool hacks!
00:36:15 Do freelancers feel isolated?
00:38:20 How do people get started as freelancers?
00:39:00 What are the perks? And the big challenges?
00:47:14 Health and safety, insurance, and accounting
00:50:20 Pricing your work and charging for your time
00:53:20 How do you keep up with your CPD and training? Can you brush up on your business skills?
00:56:00 Advice from freelancers
01:00:57 Interview with Nigel Larkin (natural history and geology conservator)
01:12:32 Interview with Sally Woodcock (paintings conservator)
01:29:30 Comments, questions, and corrections: controlled drugs in collections and asbestos training
01:34:20 Patreon shoutout!

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Library of Fragrance: https://thelibraryoffragrance.com/
– Frostbeard Studio (book scented candles, formerly on Etsy): https://www.frostbeardstudio.com/collections/book-lovers
– Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/
– Ceroplastics, International Congress on Wax Modelling: https://www.waxmodellinglondon2017.com/
– People’s History Museum and the Suffragette Banner in the news: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/06/suffragette-banner-charity-shop-emmeline-pankhurst-peoples-history-museum-manchester
– Museum Freelance Network UK: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8438251
– Museum Freelance on Twitter: https://twitter.com/museumfreelance
– Nigel Larkin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrIchthyosaurus
– Nigel Larkin’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Natural-History-Conservation-119346798095177/

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S02E02: Education and Learning

We’re talking education and learning with guest host Jane Henderson from Cardiff University. We discuss what universities might look for in an applicant, the challenges of teaching conservation, and what makes a good internship. How did the four of us find conservation and what did we do before all this? What do employers expect from graduates? Kloe also reviews ‘Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America.’

00:01:10 How can you become a conservator?
00:02:01 The previous lives and backgrounds of conservators
00:05:42 How we found conservation
00:15:06 Career days at school somehow never include conservators…
00:18:19 How important is science and chemistry when you apply to a degree programme? What else is important when you’re applying?
00:25:12 How do we assess graduates?
00:26:56 The importance of internships and placements for learning
00:34:08 What do we wish we could teach but can’t?
00:36:34 What do hosts and employers want from graduates?
00:39:57 Whose responsibility is education?
00:42:13 What role does conservation research have? Are PhD’s useful?
00:47:03 Craft skills: are they priorities or not? Can they be taught?
00:52:46 Don’t be afraid of mistakes – learn from them!
00:57:22 Introducing ’Dear Jane’
00:57:40 Review: Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America
01:02:30 Comments, questions, corrections: a note on demographics in the US

Show Notes:
– ICON Careers & Training: https://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/careers-training
– Chemistry for Conservators: http://academicprojects.co.uk/chemistry-for-conservators/
– ’Do methods of assessment accurately reflect the priorities of conservation teaching?’ by Jane Henderson and Phil Parkes: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/67729/
– Cardiff University blog entry ‘Remembering the Love of the People’ by Stephanie Whitehead: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/conservation/2017/07/05/mcr_memorial/
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED talk on Flow: https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow
– Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America: https://www.archetype.co.uk/publication-details.php?id=245

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S02E01: Danger, Danger!

Today we tackle the hot topic of hazards: what’s lurking in our collections and how do we talk about risks? We also talk chemicals, health and safety attitudes, and when not to drop an object. Tune in for an interview with Lauren McGhee and Ellie Rowley-Conwy about firearms conservation, and Kerith Koss Schrager about health and safety attitudes in conservators.

00:00:28 Welcome to season two!
00:01:11 News in brief
00:03:12 What kind of hazards do we face as conservators?
00:04:22 Radioactivity and Jenny’s desire for a Geiger counter
00:10:06 How do we communicate risks?
00:12:23 Asbestos, mercury, and arsenic
00:14:01 It’s OK to say no – when do we ask for help?
00:18:08 Biohazards and our old friend Mould
00:20:14 Firearms and explosives
00:21:22 Interview with Lauren McGhee and Ellie Rowley-Conwy
00:35:00 Don’t be afraid to ask for advice
00:36:45 Drugs, disposals, and documentation
00:41:33 Chemicals and COSHH
00:43:38 Interview with Kerith Koss Schrager
01:03:40 Our health and safety attitudes
01:13:39 Questions, comments, and corrections: Arduino shout-out
01:14:41 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes:

– Icon Professional Development: Health & Safety for Conservators (Edinburgh) on October 11th 2017: https://icon.org.uk/events/icon-professional-development-health-safety-for-conservators
– Icon Professional Development: Health & Safety for Conservators (Birmingham) on October 20th 2017: https://icon.org.uk/events/icon-professional-development-health-safety-for-conservators-0
– Icon Professional Development: Health & Safety for Conservators (London) on November 21st 2017: https://icon.org.uk/events/icon-pd-health-and-safety-for-conservators-london
– Journal of the Institute of Conservation Turns 40 with Anniversary Special Issue:
https://icon.org.uk/news/journal-turns-40-with-anniversary-special-issue
– Kadec Asbestos Management: http://www.kadec.co.uk/
– Royal Armouries Conservation Services: https://royalarmouries.org/
– Science Museum Group: https://group.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
– COSHH guidelines for the UK: http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/
– AIC Health & Safety: http://www.conservation-us.org/specialty-topics/health-safety

Resource List:

– ‘Communicating Pesticide Contamination Messages’ by Jane Henderson and Kloe Rumsey: http://collectionforum.org/doi/abs/10.14351/0831-4985-29.1.49?code=pnhc-site
– ’Not a Known Carcinogen: Health and Safety Considerations of New and Innovative Treatments’ by Kerith Koss Schrager, Anne Kingery-Schwartz and Julie Sobelman: https://aics45thannualmeeting2017.sched.com/mobile/#session:edf5d9e81099519ac98f29ec684374ae
– Handling and Exhibition of Potentially Hazardous Artifacts in Museum Collections:
https://www.connectingtocollections.org/dangerous-collections/
– How-To Guide: Hazards in Museum Collections: http://collectionstrust.org.uk/resource/how-to-guide-hazards-in-museum-collections/
– UK Guidance on Radioactive Substance Regulation (RSR): Radioactivity in Museums:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radioactive-substance-regulation-radioactivity-in-museums
– Resource List for Residual Pesticides: http://museumpests.net/resources-2/solutions-residual-pesticides/
– Arsenic and Old Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Materials:
https://www.connectingtocollections.org/arsenic-and-old-lace-controlling-hazardous-collection-materials/
– Mercury in Museum Collections – Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 1/7:
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170006
– Lead in Museum Collections and Heritage Buildings – Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 1/8: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170022
– Lock, Stock and Barrel: Firearms Collecting for Museums:
https://www.connectingtocollections.org/lock-stock-and-barrel-firearms-collecting-for-museums/
– The Wonderful Uses of Asbestos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxfZSEboVM4
– Chemical classifications: http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification
– Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS):
https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ghs_rev04/English/ST-SG-AC10-30-Rev4e.pdf
– ‘The Uses of Cyclododecane in Conservation’ by Sophie Rowe and Christina Rozeik:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/sic.2008.53.Supplement-2.17? journalCode=ysic20

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S01E10: Salvage

We have a chat about salvage: floods, fires, accidents, and pest infestations. All the fun stuff! Christina talks to Sophie Rowe about practical salvage training, Jenny gets worked up about emergency planning, and Kloe really wants to try some salvage in practice. Also tune in for an in-depth interview with Natalie Mitchell about the salvage work involved after the Glasgow School of Art fire.

00:00:24 News in brief
00:01:25 Our experiences of salvage and little disasters
00:05:15 Is salvage only after floods and fires? How about accidents at work?
00:08:58 Massive pest infestations can also be disasters
00:10:06 Grenfell Tower and the topic of fires
00:11:24 Training options: table top exercises and emergency planning
00:13:05 Training options: practical salvage with Historic England
00:13:45 Interview with Sophie Rowe about practical training
00:23:38 Coordinating with Emergency Services during planning
00:26:09 Building plans in emergency plans and why Jenny has opinions on them
00:28:57 Interview with Natalie Mitchell about the Glasgow School of Art fire and subsequent salvage
00:50:20 Review: Refashioning and Redress – Conserving and Displaying Dress (book)
00:54:47 Questions, comments, and corrections: the demographics of different types of conservators, and comparing notes on Elspeth Jordan’s social media survey
01:04:40 End of the season?!
01:06:27 Patreon shout out!

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Icon launches new Contemporary Art Network: https://icon.org.uk/groups/contemporary-art-network
– Clandon Park and Uppark House fires: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-32527293 and https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/school-of-conservation/blog/miscellaney/after-uppark-burned-down-reflections
– Rapid Response Network: http://www.rapidresponsenetwork.org.uk/
– Historic England salvage training course: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/heritagepractice/heritagepractice-residential/emergency-planning-salvage
– Salvage & Recovery of Cultural Heritage course (online, July 17 2017): http://www.museumstudy.com/courses/course-list/salvage-recovery-of-cultural-heritage-collections/
– Glasgow School of Art fire: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27556659
– Refashioning and Redress: https://shop.getty.edu/products/refashioning-and-redress-conserving-and-displaying-dress-978-1606065112 or https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refashioning-Redressing-Conserving-Displaying-Dress/dp/1606065114

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S01E09: Museum Pi

In this episode we talk about how the Raspberry Pi can be used in museums – and by conservators in particular! Jenny and Christina share their experiences and favourite examples from museums, plus a couple of ideas for listeners to explore. We talk to Mark Kearney about using a Pi for time-lapses in the V&A conservation department, plus we have a chat with Alex Bate and George Oates about the Museum in a Box project. Pi, anyone?

00:00:29 News in brief (mostly giggles)
00:04:59 Eating in the galleries… and what kind of pie this isn’t!
00:06:04 What is the Raspberry Pi and what is it for?
00:12:24 Why should museums care about the Pi?
00:13:46 Christina’s touchscreen project
00:19:31 Example: Museum of London, retro video games, and the Pi
00:23:12 Example: Macclesfield Silk Museum and Pi punch cards
00:24:47 Idea: Bluetooth beacons, audio tours, and a Pi
00:26:38 Idea: Environmental monitoring with a Pi
00:30:11 Interview with Mark Kearny from UCL
00:45:27 Could we do Pi training or workshops for museum professionals?
00:48:47 Interview with Alex Bate from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and George Oates from Museum in a Box
01:20:27 Comments, questions, and corrections

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– New paint colours invented by neural network: http://lewisandquark.tumblr.com/post/160776374467/new-paint-colors-invented-by-neural-network
– What is the Raspberry Pi? https://vimeo.com/90103691
– Reddit’s /r/museumpros: https://www.reddit.com/r/MuseumPros
– Reddit’s /r/raspberry_pi: https://www.reddit.com/r/raspberry_pi
– Pi Presents: https://pipresents.wordpress.com/
– Museum of London’s ’London in Video Games’ exhibition: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/london-video-games
– RetroPie: https://retropie.org.uk/
– Macclesfield Silk Museum: https://macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/
– Mark’s time-lapse project: http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/conservation-blog/mini-post-no-7-using-a-raspberry-pi-to-watch-a-handbag-decay and http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/conservation-blog/raspberry-pi-project-1st-video
– SHARE Museums East Network: http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/
– Raspberry Pi Foundation: https://www.raspberrypi.org/
– Museum in a Box: http://museuminabox.org/

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S01E08: Social Media

C is for: Connecting and Communicating (on Social Media)

How do conservators use social media? We discuss what conservation professionals share (and don’t share), if we post different things on Facebook vs. Twitter, and what conservators would like to see more of. Christina also talks to conservators Fiona McLees and Alex Walker from the Bodleian Library about their social media savvyness!

00:00:27 What exactly is social media, anyway?
00:01:14 How Kloe, Christina and Jenny use various platforms – and who our audiences are! 00:15:09 Survey results: favoured platforms and account types
00:16:58 What people choose to post about and quite a lot of opinions
00:24:09 How do conservators use the different platforms?
00:30:37 What do we share?
00:32:04 What DON’T we share?
00:40:08 What we love to see and your favourite accounts/groups
00:42:35 What we don’t like quite as much
00:47:31 Do we have professional discussions on social media?
00:51:01 Age and gender of our survey respondents
00:52:19 Generally about social media in museums
00:52:57 Interview with Fiona McLees and Alex Walker from the Bodleian Library
01:16:56 Questions, comments, and corrections
01:17:04 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Definition of social media according to What Is: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/social-media
– MCN’s lectures and talks on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/museumcn
– Bodleian Libraries Conservation on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodleianconservation
– Bodleian Libraries Conservation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BodCons

Our (non-podcast) social media accounts:

– Kloe’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/KloeBellyDance
– Kloe’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/kloe.rumsey
– Kloe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KloeBellyDance/
– Kloe’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kloe-rumsey-15a66978/
– Kloe’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kloe.rumsey/
– Christina’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinarozeik
– Christina’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-rozeik-66a11b16/
– Christina’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/christina.rozeik
– Christina’s Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/cryr2/
– Jenny’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/curatedjenny
– Jenny’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/jenniology
– Jenny’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-mathiasson-087a3392/
– Jenny’s Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/jenniology/

Your favourites from the survey:

– Horniman walrus account: https://twitter.com/hornimanwalrus
– Pitt Rivers store account: https://twitter.com/pitt_stores
– Art Conservation Advocates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/17558307624/
– NYU Library Preservation: http://nyupreservation.tumblr.com/
– V&A Conservation blog: http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/section/conservation-blog
– Metropolitan Museum Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metmuseum/
– Smithsonian Library blog: https://blog.library.si.edu/
– West Dean College on Twitter: https://twitter.com/westdeancollege
– Thomas van Kampen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomasvkampen/
– Francesca Levey on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flevey/

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S01E07: Extreme Conservation

C is for: Conditions to Maximum!

Buckle up! In this episode we have a chat about ‘extreme’ conservation and what that can mean – dangling off buildings, potholing for preservation, or working in extreme conditions. We talk to Cathy Tully, nomadic conservator-in-a-suitcase, and Sophie Rowe, a conservator who recently worked on in Antarctica.

00:00:33 News time!
00:02:40 Abseiling, underground conservation, and other unusual skills
00:05:31 Our extreme experiences (or lack thereof)
00:07:31 Interview with Cathy Tully
00:23:41 The joy of getting specialist supplies in different countries and the value of planning
00:24:22 What would you bring to a desert (island)?
00:25:00 Interpersonal skills and extreme freelancing
00:26:15 Working in politically unstable regions
00:27:41 Interview with Sophie Rowe
00:53:45 It’s serious when you involve the military in some fashion
00:55:11 When technology fails the pencil prevails!
00:57:31 Conservators in space next?
00:58:30 Visitor numbers are impressive on the South Pole!
00:59:06 Health and safety
01:00:51 Summary
01:02:19 Comments, questions, corrections
01:02:26 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Plastic eating larvae: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/plastic-munching-worms-could-help-wage-war-on-waste-galleria-mellonella
– ‘Why Conservation Students Should Be Thinking BIG’ by Lucy Branch: https://icon.org.uk/news/why-conservation-students-should-be-thinking-big
– UCL Qatar: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar
– UK Antarctic Heritage Trust: http://www.ukaht.org/

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S01E06: Public Image

Today we’re talking about how we portray ourselves and how conservators are perceived: in both the media and in fiction. Kloe and Jenny have another natter about the app Articheck, and Christina reviews the book ‘The Public Face of Conservation.’

00:35 News time!
05:13 Popular culture, language use, and how we communicate
14:18 When people think stuff is fake…
16:50 Examples of articles about conservators, not their work
20:03 Profile raising, unexpected skills amongst conservators, and the Peter Principle
23:54 Is the white coat endearing or threatening?
25:20 Conservators in photographs and PR images
28:00 ‘Conservation’ and ‘conservator’ are not great search words
30:45 Fictional conservators
38:21 Why are there not more horror stories/films set in dark museum stores?!
40:25 Book review: The Public Face of Conservation
52:50 Questions, comments, corrections
53:48 Articheck review revisited
58:25 Patreon shout-out!

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– Mary-Lou Florian’s book ‘Heritage Eaters’ (1997) now available for free: https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubccommunityandpartnerspublicati/52387/items/1.0342857
– Conservation studio opens at Knowle: https://icon.org.uk/news/state-of-the-art-conservation-studio-opens-at-knole
– Our social media survey: https://thecword.typeform.com/to/rFRz1v
– National Gallery painting restored after just 10 days: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/28/gainsborough-painting-mr-mrs-william-hallett-morning-walk-restored-rehung-national-gallery
– Things everyone got sent at the time – the Fitzwiliam vases and the Spanish church painting
– ‘My Day as a Conservator’ by Jack Kibble-White in Historic Scotland Magazine, Spring 2014: https://issuu.com/historic-scotland/docs/hs_spring_14
– ‘The Conservators’ in Museums Journal December 2013 (members only): http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/features/02122013-the-conservators
– ‘Increasing the profile and influence of conservation—an unexpected benefit of risk assessments’ by Dr Rogerson and Dr Garside: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19455224.2016.1214848
– Conservation Fiction list: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byauth/rushfield/conservation-fiction/
– Conservation Fiction blog posts: http://www.conservators-converse.org/tag/conservation-fiction/
– ‘The Public Face of Conservation’ (2013) via Archetype: https://www.archetype.co.uk/publication-details.php?id=186
– Articheck app: https://portal.articheck.com/

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