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Course on identification of museum materials

From: Sally Shelton <libsdnhm>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 1994
Identifying Museum Materials: a short course in collections management
    and conservation. Presented by the San Diego Natural History Museum
    in conjunction with International Academic Projects, London
    September 14-17, 1994

This is a four-day, intensive professional course on the practical
identification of museum materials, designed for anyone who works with
collections of historic, cultural, artistic or scientific objects.
Accurate identification of the materials from which objects are made is
vital to decisions in classification, conservation, documentation,
exhibition, and storage. The course will focus on identification of a
wide range of natural and manmade materials, using visual and physical
techniques. Identification of deteriorated and corroded surfaces and the
causes of deterioration will also be covered.

Materials to be studied and analyzed in depth include wood, bone, horn,
ivory, shell, glass, ceramics, metals, adhesives, plastics, and other
materials commonly found in museum objects. Emphasis is placed on
techniques that use a minimum of technological or destructive sampling

Both lecture and laboratory sessions will be offered. Participants are
encouraged to bring problematic materials from their own collections or
areas for discussion and identification. The course will be taught
primarily at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Course instructors are Bob Child, BSc, FIIC, FSA, Head of Conservation,
National Museum of Wales, and Sally Shelton, MA, Collections
Conservation Specialist, San Diego Natural History Museum. Both are
visiting lecturers to the International Centre for the Study and
Restoration of Cultural Property (Rome), and have taught other IAP

Course fees are $225 for registrations postmarked on or before 1
September, $250 for those marked after. Course fees do not include
transportation, lodging, or meal costs.

For further information and registration, please contact Sally Shelton
at the following address:

    San Diego Natural History Museum
    P.O. Box 1390
    San Diego, CA   92112
    619-232-3821 x226;
    Fax: 619-232-0248
    email: libsdnhm [at] class__org

Support for this course is provided in part by the Bay Foundation
through a grant to International Academic Projects, London.

                   Conservation DistList Instance 8:1
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Received on Tuesday, 7 June, 1994

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