Workshop Announcement: Condition Reporting

Condition Reports are a key element of Collections Records.  Accurate condition evaluation is important at the time of acquisition or as an artifact is loaned or borrowed.  Condition reports can become a critical tool should damage be claimed either from poor handling, bad environment, accident, or vandalism.

Two experienced conservators will review the agents of deterioration with advice as to whether the effects of age or inherent vice constitute the need for professional conservation care.  The workshop will focus on paintings and works on paper.  The instructors will review the various media used to create works of art and will offer advice on media identification.  The instructors will have available a number of actual paintings and works on paper for attendees to examine.  Attendees are asked to bring their preferred magnification tool and several pairs of cotton gloves.  Attendees may also bring examples of unknown media or state of preservation.

The workshop is designed for individuals whose responsibility is the creation of accurate condition reports.  Registrars, curators, and students are the target audience.

Attendance will be limited to 20.

Date and Location

August 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Networking and Refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Workshop

Refreshments and a box lunch are included in your registration fee.

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office
176 Riceville Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

For complete information including how to register, please visit our Workshop page.

New Workshop Announced: Boxmaking

Custom-fit box created in the workshop.

Knowing the basics of creating custom housing for artifacts can save your institution both time and money. Archival board can be cut and shaped to a specific size and then combined with other preservation-appropriate materials, including cotton fabric and Ethafoam, to craft supportive storage mounts.

You will learn how to:

  • measure properly
  • design protective housing
  • score with a bone folder
  • cut with snap-blade knives
  • find inexpensive tool substitutes
  • use proper adhesives

We invite participants to bring a challenging object (smaller than a bread box) from their own institution or personal collection to the workshop, where they can build a box for it to keep.

Date and Location

NCPC is excited to be partnering with the Earl Scruggs Center to offer this workshop and support the shared mission of preserving the collections and history of our state.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby, NC
103 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. greeting and refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. workshop

For more information including how to register, please see our Workshops page.

It’s National Scrapbook Day!

The first Saturday in May is National Scrapbook Day. To celebrate, we wanted to post a couple images from our recent Preservation of Scrapbooks Workshop. We had 10 people in the class at High Point Museum. It was a wonderful day of discussion, learning, and discovering new and (not-so) amazing things like glue-dots. More images can be found on Flickr.

scrapbook workshop

Evaluating collection materials. Image courtesy of Crystal Williams.

scrapbook workshop

Discovering a fresh glue-dot. Image courtesy of Crystal Williams.