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Conservation Central

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Habitat education program exploring the temperate forest, home of the giant panda and black bear, through interactive features for children, family learning activities, and a middle school curriculum aligned to national standards.

Conservation // '76

National Museum of American History

Conservation Analytical Laboratory Research

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Mary Baker, polymer chemist at the Smithsonian's Conservation Analytical Laboratory, and conservation fellow Eric Lange inspect a Project Mercury spaceflight boot and astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton's Mercury training suit. They use differential scanning calorimetry to study samples of new rubber, as well as samples from deaccessioned suits such as this one, to determine the extent of crystallization in order to establish proper storage and handling procedures for the suits.

Museum Conservation Institute

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Museum Conservation Institute laboratories, with Lynn Brostoff, Chemist, at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

Conservation Center Firefighters

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, October 1984.

Firefighters of the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia: (at large truck on left, from l., clockwise from door): Larry Collins, David Schiftlett, Ken Lang, Stewart Burke, Peggy Johns, Calvin Allison, Jr., and Lowane Johnson (at small truck on right, from l.): Kevin Conway, Art Cooper, Russell Williams.

Anthropology Conservation Lab Volunteers

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
In this photo, volunteers from the Anthropology Conservation Lab in the National Museum of Natural History gather for an event in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle".

Preventive Conservation Symposium 2018

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Contemporary Art Conservation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Latex, chocolate, soap, and video game software are just a few of the non-traditional materials that have inspired contemporary artists. While they embrace the modern, synthetic and technologically advanced world in which we live, some of materials present significant conservation problems for museum conservators. Gwynne Ryan, a conservator at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden discusses the challenges museums face with this issue: Should we keep art locked away to make it last? Or let it be experienced as it was intended while accelerating its natural degradation? For more information about the Hirshhorn's conservation program, visit: http://hirshhorn.si.edu/educate/page.asp?key=205&subkey=75

Future of Conservation

Smithsonian Magazine

Jefferson Bible conservation

National Museum of American History
Take a sneak peek into the Paper Conservation Lab where survey and conservation work has begun on a national treasure, Thomas Jefferson's Bible. [No Audio] Footage courtesy of Smithsonian Channel http://www.smithsonianchannel.com Learn more about the Jefferson Bible http://americanhistory.si.edu/jeffersonbible

Always Becoming Conservation

National Museum of the American Indian
In 2007, Nora Naranjo Morse created, Always Becoming, on-site at NMAI. Each year she returns to join NMAI Conservation & Collections staff in caring for the sculpture family.

Michael Belmore Conservation

National Museum of the American Indian
Artist, Michael Belmore, visited the Cultural Resources Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in March 2013 to discuss his sculpture Shorelines with NMAI Conservators. The piece is featured in the exhibit, "Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes."

Art Frames Conservation

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Frames conservators who work in this studio preserve and restore frames for display. All frames receive a technical examination before going on loan or on exhibit to assess surface condition, structural integrity and general appearance. The most common treatments include replicating missing decorative elements, and cleaning, gilding, and toning frame surfaces. Conservators in this studio are also responsible for constructing new frames when current frames are considered to be historically inaccurate or can no longer be used.

Coffee and conservation

Smithsonian Libraries

Louis Pomerantz demonstrating painting conservation

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 27 x 26 cm

Date range based on Pomerantz's approximate age in photo.

Chevron Conservation Awards

National Museum of American History

13c Conservation single

National Postal Museum
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Lunder Conservation Center

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
This website explores the science and technique of art conservation. Includes videos of Smithsonian conservators treating frames, paintings, paper, and objects.

Conservation of a Flipbook

Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian Libraries was recently gifted the flipbook Eagles in Flight. A flipbook is a grouping of still images of movement that when quickly “flipped” give the illusion of actual movement. The books reached their height of popularity  at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. This book is from a more »

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Ocean Conservation: Strategies

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
This website is devoted to strategies for improving ocean fitness and health. Learn about ongoing efforts involving marine sanctuaries, bioacoustics, and algae blooms. Learn, too, about what you can do to help.

The Fix – Manuscript Conservation

Smithsonian Libraries

The conservation of manuscript pages can be very tricky. In the case of the McAuley Diary, from our Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, there were many issues. The manuscript consisted of multiple sized unbound sections housed together in a leather cover that was far too small for its contents. The pages were nearly more »

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Ocean Conservation: Threats

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
On this webpage, find links to essays and pictures documenting the threats to ocean ecosystems. Learn how trash, industrial development, acid seas, polar warming, overfishing, and invasive species affect habitats and reflect climate change.
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