The object conservation lab is staffed by one full-time object conservator. Contract conservators and conservation technicians provide additional support. The full-time object conservator supervises conservation interns and fellows.

Object conservators work on a wide variety of three-dimensional artifacts. Artifacts might be made up of inorganic materials (like glass, metal, and ceramics) and/or organic materials (like wood, leather, plastic, and bone).

Conservators survey, photograph, and treat artifacts going on exhibit or loan. They work with curators to identify treatment priorities and mounting requirements.

Day-to-day conservation tasks include research, material analysis, survey, and treatment.


Ceramic pitcher before, during and after treatment
"Liberty" ceramic pitcher before, during, and after (left to right) treatment. The pitcher was treated by a conservation fellow in 2015. 


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