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ICON Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Group Conference

From: Anthea Bisson <amphbisson<-at->
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013
We are very pleased to confirm the programme for the Icon Gilding
and decorative Surfaces Group Conference:

"Conserving Context: relating object treatment to collections and
The Wallace Collection
(Goodison Lecture Theatre)
Hertford House
Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN
14 March, 2013


    09.00           Registration and coffee.
                    Posters displayed in Meeting Room throughout the

    09.30           Welcome and introduction

    10.00           Exploring the complex issues involved in making
                    decisions that correspond between objects,
                    collections and settings.  How treatments
                    conserve or change the whole context of their
                    collection and setting.  Integrated approaches
                    applied right down to individual objects as
                    significant elements within

                    Dr Christopher Ridgway
                    (Curator, Castle Howard)
                    Context and Understanding in Country House

                    David Wheeler
                    (Senior Conservator, Furniture and Works of Art,
                    Royal Collection)

                    The Decorative surface within the working Royal

    10.50           Discussion

    11.00           Coffee

    11.30           Evaluating complex interacting or conflicting
                    contexts such as past, dispersed or destroyed
                    collections and settings and how layered
                    meanings and values of their tangible and
                    intangible qualities affects the intentions of
                    current decisions for treatment

                    Alastair Johnson
                    (Frames Conservator, Tate)

                    Re-altering the glazing alterations of a
                    Burne-Jones frame

                    Deborah Cane
                    (Hoard Conservation Project Manager, Birmingham
                    Museum and Art Gallery)

                    Working with complex collections: the
                    Staffordshire Hoard

    12.20           Discussion

    12.30           Lunch. Large range of choices around the Wallace

    14.00           Talks in the Galleries

    14.30           Exploring how the significance of an object's
                    decorative surface relates to its collection and
                    setting.  When is it appropriate for objects to
                    be considered and treated in a different way to
                    their contexts?

                    Ann Katrin Kaster
                    (Collection Conservator, English Heritage) and
                    Laura Houliston (Curator, English Heritage)

                    The conservation and reproduction of Robert
                    Adam's benches from Kenwood House

                    Zoe Allen
                    (Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator, V&A)

                    Lea Wegwitz
                    (Frames Conservator, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

                    The two make a pair

    15.20:          Discussion

    15.30:          Tea

    16.00           Considering dilemmas encountered in attempting
                    to maintain a consistency of approach between
                    intentions guiding the treatment of an interior
                    and the objects within it.  How far should
                    principles be refined, or compromised, within a
                    particular context?  How should context be
                    considered in relation to objects function and
                    aesthetics or to their interpretation and

                    Sarah Kay
                    (Curator, National Trust)
                    Catriona Hughes (Conservator, National Trust)

                    The Picture Gallery and Grand Staircase at
                    Attingham Park: to gild or not to gild?

                    Jane Wilkinson
                    (Conservator, Sir John Soane's Museum)

                    Making Mrs Soane's Morning Room "Permanently

    16.50:          Discussion

    17.00:          Closing remarks

    17.15:          Close

To book a place please contact the Events Coordinator

    Claire Daly

For more information see


Don't forget to take advantage of the early-bird rate until 14
February 2013.

Anthea Bisson
Cell: +44 7960021324

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Received on Thursday, 3 January, 2013

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