New Workshop: Preservation of Textiles

Lynn Lancaster Gorges

This workshop will focus on the proper storage and display of historic textiles in a small museum or historic site setting. These items commonly include quilts, military uniforms, coverlets, bridal gowns, and needlework.

Participants will be shown how to make simple displays and supports to ensure the stability of their textiles, as well as how to fold and store items. Cleaning of items will be demonstrated using vacuuming methods, and safe wet cleaning methods will be discussed. Participants will learn how to cover a hanger and construct a flat mount in small groups. They will do basic stitching to demonstrate the most commonly used stitches when stabilizing textiles. Participants will take home samples of mounting fabric, batting, mounting board samples, and fabric used for stabilization.

NCPC is delighted to partner with the Page-Walker Arts and History Center to offer this educational opportunity in support of the preservation of our state’s history and collections.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. greeting and refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

See our Workshop page for more information and registration instructions.

New Workshop: Care of Archaeological Collections

Steve Davis, associate director of Research Laboratories of Archaeology looks at some of the 8 million objects for study in the Department of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of the objects are from North Carolina from twelve thousand years ago to the 19th century. The facility also holds other collections from all parts of the world. Here Davis looks over a bone awl from the Dan River site from about 1300 AD.

Steve Davis, Associate Director of Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Alumni Building, Room 201A
Monday, March 13, 2017

Please Note: This class is full as of February 24, 2017. To be placed on a waiting list, please email Robert James, NCPC Executive Director.

This workshop is designed for organizations that care for both large and small archaeological collections. The instructors will discuss various archaeological objects, their material composition, and methods for stabilization and long term storage. Learn how to evaluate and improve your knowledge of what you have and where to find it (accountability) and how to make it available for educational and scientific use (accessibility). Exchange ideas about best practices for archaeological collections curation that can be implemented by both large and small museums, historic sites, archives and similar repositories. Explore practical and creative solutions to a variety of problems that arise with maintaining these collections. Emphasis will be placed on methods collections staff can use to preserve archaeological objects and their associated information for current and future use, and how to balance ideal curation standards with what can be achieved within the reality of limited resources.

New: Register and pay online

NCPC can now collect your registration information and payment online using a credit or debit card. Go to our Workshop page for registration information. Registration is now faster and easier than ever.