Conservation DistList Archives [Date] [Subject] [Author] [SEARCH]

Subject: Workshop on iron gall ink

Workshop on iron gall ink

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works, in partnership with the Northeast
Document Conservation Center presents a "Master Studies" Workshop

The Conservation of Iron-Gall Ink on Paper
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Andover, Massachusetts (near Boston)
October 3-5, 2008
9 am - 5 pm

Instructor: Julie L. Biggs, Senior Conservator, Library of Congress

Course Fee: $400 AIC members; $650 non-members
This program is supported by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development; without this support, the registration fee would be

Enrollment Limit: 12
Registration Deadline: August 29, 2008 (or until course is filled).

Selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:
order of receipt of registration; extent of professional experience
and training; balance of institutional and private practice
conservators; number of registrants from a single organization;
preference will be given to current Fellow and Professional
Associate members of AIC. Early registration is advised.

Course Description:

The three-day workshop is designed for conservation professionals
who have experience in working with iron-gall ink-inscribed paper
artifacts. Participants will learn a comprehensive methodology that
combines the most up-to-date research on iron-gall ink and
decision-making criteria. Lectures will cover the history,
composition, degradation, examination, and treatment of iron-gall
ink on paper. Practical sessions will focus on visual examination
techniques, pre-treatment testing, the development of treatment
proposals, and treatments. Participants will perform washing,
complexing, and alkalization treatments and evaluate their results;
some time will also be devoted to resizing, repair, and

One-day to five-day versions of this workshop have been offered very
successfully at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guild of BookWorkers
New York Chapter, National Archives and Records Administration, in
the U.S., and at the Centro del Bel Libro in Switzerland.


    Julie L. Biggs is currently employed as Senior Paper Conservator
    at the Library of Congress. She obtained her diploma in Paper
    Conservation at the Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro in
    Florence, Italy, and undertook intern training in the U.K. and
    in the U.S.  Ms. Biggs worked as Senior Paper Conservator at the
    Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. from 1993-2000.
    She also worked in private practice in the Washington D.C. area
    from 1993-2005.  In 2000, she was awarded a FAIC Samuel H. Kress
    Conservation Publication Fellowship to prepare a book-length
    overview of iron-gall-ink-on-paper for practicing conservators.
    Ms. Biggs has taught several iron-gall ink workshops to
    conservation professionals.  Most recently she led a group
    effort at the Library of Congress to develop a comprehensive
    package of examination and treatment guidelines for conservators
    working with iron-gall ink on paper.

This program is funded by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which was established by The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and is supported by contributions from members and
friends of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and
Artistic Works.

Special thanks to Babette Gehnrich of the American Antiquarian
Society, Walter Newman, and NEDCC

Registration forms are available on the AIC website
<URL:>, under "Education." For more
information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC   20005
    202-452-9545, ext. 5
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot<-a t->aic-faic< . >org

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:64
                   Distributed: Sunday, June 8, 2008
                       Message Id: cdl-21-64-016
Received on Thursday, 5 June, 2008

[Search all CoOL documents]