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These High-Tech Archaeological Tools Will Help Rebuild Nepal’s History

These High-Tech Archaeological Tools Will Help Rebuild Nepal’s History

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Pompeian frescoes cured with antibiotics

Pompeian frescoes cured with antibiotics Some of the most celebrated frescoes at the ancient Roman site of Pompeii have been given a clean bill of health, thanks to a course of antibiotics. Conservators used amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, to treat strains of bacteria living in the Dionysiac frieze that decorates what scholars believe to […]

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book-historia: Had a bit of a splurge the other day at an auction… Not the little guy, the big guy! It’s a 17th century oak Bible box, and it looks an awful lot like my wee model of a chained book and lectern by Bryson and sons. Now I just need to buy a 17th […]

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Kathmandu Cultural Emergency Crowdmap

View image | gettyimages.com This crowd map aims to collect on the ground reports of the damage caused to cultural heritage in Nepal as a result of the earthquake on 25 April 2015. Every humanitarian emergency has a cultural dimension. When culture is affected, the local communities are the first to witness and respond. These local […]

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Follow Friday for Preservation Week

Please reblog! Learn more about conservation and preservation by following these fine folks on Tumblr and other sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and blogs (link goes to a Google Doc spreadsheet). Are you a conservator or preservation professional? Are you a pre-program or graduate student in a conservation training program? Are you a conservation […]

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smithsonianlibraries: Don’t try this at home! It may be counter-intuitive, but sometimes to fix a water damaged item you need to soak it in water. Due to the extensive tide marks from previous water damage, our book conservators decided to wash these plates from Exposition Universelle De 1889 in de-ionized water to remove impurities and […]

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The Urban Legend of Scanning Damage

conservethis: So, I just learned about a Preservation ‘urban legend’ yesterday, while working a preservation “clinic” at a workshop hosted by my library. A man had brought a very brittle and fragile army base newspaper that belonged to his father. It was falling apart, and the paper was very pulpy and probably wouldn’t survive much […]

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Conservators and Preservation on Social Media

Conservators and Preservation on Social Media Find a list of other conservators and preservation professionals to follow on a variety of social media sites! Conservators and preservation folks can also add themselves to the list too!

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Speaking at the AIC Annual Meeting 2015

Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m going to be speaking as a panelist for the Library Collections Care Discussion Group at this year’s AIC Annual Meeting, which is less than a month away from now! I’ll be chiming in about using social media (Twitter, Tumblr, etc) as a form of conservation outreach. This […]

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Free Webinar: Creating Scrapbooks That Last

REGISTER HERE May 1, 2015  12:30pm – 1:30pm FreeRegistration deadline: April 30, 2015Maximum class size: 95Class level: BeginnerInstructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Preservation Specialist Location: Live Webinar Scrapbooks are unique artifacts that represent personal and historical records, but often include a mix of materials and formats that present a range of preservation issues. This webinar will […]