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Course on adhesives

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Monday, June 9, 2008
Adhesives for Conservation
Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center
Omaha, Nebraska
October 6-10, 2008
Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 3 pm

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works <URL:> in
partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center Omaha,
Nebraska presents a "Current Topics" Workshop


    Velson Horie, British Library
    Julia Fenn, Royal Ontario Museum

    With recorded presentations by Jane Down, Irene F. Karsten,
    Debora Dyer Mayer, Chris McGlinchey, Jonathan Thornton, Richard
    Wolbers, and others

Registration fee: $600 AIC members; $900 non-members
Enrollment Limit: 12
Registration Deadline: September 3, 2008

Lunches included; participants are responsible for their own travel,
housing, and additional meals.  Workshop hotel cost estimated at $93
per night for single or double room, plus tax.  Special scholarships
available to U.S. residents.

Knowledge of and experience in conservation and chemistry is
required. Selection of participants will be based on the order of
receipt of registration. The number of registrants accepted from a
single organization may be limited. Early registration is advised.

About the Workshop:

In a combination of lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions, this
five-day, team-taught course will address the chemical, physical and
practical aspects of adhesives for conservators of all materials

The workshop is designed to:

        Provide an overview of chemical and physical properties of
        adhesives, including aging, solubility, strength, gap
        filling or leveling properties, curing properties, material
        compatibilities, etc.

        Enable conservators to better understand how these chemical
        and physical aspects translate to the properties they
        observe and use in practice

        Provide conservators with the ability to determine why they
        might select one adhesive for an application over another
        (based on chemical as well as physical or handling
        properties, not just "tips," "recipes," or "common lab use")

        Create an opportunity for different conservation materials
        specialists to understand adhesives and specialized
        techniques used by members of other specialties

        Provide first-hand experience with advanced adhesive
        preparations, manipulations and handling properties through
        lab exercises.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

        Identify different classifications into which adhesives are
        placed, list examples of adhesives in each category, and
        cite properties of each that are useful for characterization

        Identify some fundamental and innovative issues faced by
        conservators in adhesive use

        Cite methods used to analyze a conservation adhesive problem

        Cite at least two adhesives used in specialties outside
        their own

        Locate and use adhesive literature resources, including web
        sites, texts, articles, and expert colleagues

        Cite three possible evaluation and testing techniques for
        use with adhesives


    Velson Horie is Research Project Manager at The British Library.
    After a degree in chemistry, he trained in archaeological
    conservation at the Institute of Archaeology (London) where he
    developed an interest in polymers and their use in conservation.
    As an archaeological conservator in the northeast of England, he
    pioneered the use of environmental control and the integration
    of conservation ideas into wider museum concerns.  He has
    carried out conservation treatment and research focusing
    primarily on organic materials such as polymers, preserved
    animal skin, movie film, and degraded wood.

    Teaching experience includes university lectures, a distance
    learning course on Chemistry for Conservators and professional
    updating courses on polymers.  He initiated and led the
    development of the U.K.'s professional accreditation of
    conservators. Velson led and managed a number of major building
    projects, most recently a UKP21m redevelopment of The Manchester
    Museum.  He is currently managing collaborative conservation
    research into the degradation of paper in the six major
    libraries and archives in the UK. He acts as a consultant to
    museums and other institutions on their development.

    He has upwards of eighty publications and editorships, including
    Materials for Conservation and papers on film degradation and
    preservation. He is a Fellow of the International Institute for
    Conservation, and the Museums Association, an Accredited
    Conservator-Restorer, and a professional Member of the
    Association for Project Management.

    Julia Fenn is the venerable ethnographic conservator at the
    Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. She originally took her
    BA in Archaeology in 1968 at Cape Town University and worked for
    the South African Museum of Natural History excavating Khoi-San
    (Bushman) and Bantu sites before immigrating to Britain and
    training as a conservator at the Institute of Archaeology in
    London. After practicing as an archaeological conservator for a
    few years, she married a Canadian, emigrated once again, and
    began to follow her original interest in the conservation of
    ethnographic and pioneer collections.

    Her belief in the importance of evaluating the properties of
    adhesives and other repair materials originated while she was
    employed at the British Museum Research Laboratory and she has
    since had many years of experience in selecting compatible
    adhesives for artifacts with a variety of unusual problems.  She
    has inflicted this interest in careful pre-selection and
    problem-solving on several generations of hapless students and
    interns. More recently she has specialized in 19th and 20th
    century plastic artifacts, which has opened an entirely new
    vista of adhesion challenges.

Creation of the curriculum for this course was funded in part by a
grant from the Getty Foundation

Project Leader:  Ellen Pearlstein
Instructional Designer:  Jeff Brechlin

Advisory Group:

    Deborah Bede, Jane Down, Hal Erickson, C.Velson Horie, Margaret
    Little, Elissa O'Loughlin, Jonathan Thornton, George Wheeler,
    Richard Wolbers

The presentation of this program is funded in part by a grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities

This program is also made possible by funds from the FAIC Endowment
for Professional Development, which is supported by The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation and by contributions from members and friend of
the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works. Without this funding, the registration fee for this workshop
would be $1,800

For more information, contact:

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

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