Museums have access to technical equipment that independent conservators
lack, according to Rhona MacBeth, a conservator
at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun the ancient Egyptian boy king, was hastily glued back on with epoxy glue, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators
at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo said on Wednesday.
In most cases, that should obviate the need to have a conservator
appointed to manage the assets.
The Lunder Conservation Center, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for example, allows visitors to view conservators
at work in fully functioning labs through soundproof, floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
In "Materials Matter: Challenges in the Fabrication and Conservation of Public Art," Marie Laibinis-Craft, an objects conservator
in Portland, will review some of the challenges conservators
face in preserving outdoor public art.
The historical documents at Skinningrove's Ironstone Mining Museumnow live in a "Tardis" style storage facility - the idea of conservators
at Durham University, museum staff and volunteers.
After a protracted legal battle, the Director of the California Department of Developmental Services was appointed by a state court judge as the daughter's permanent conservator
with custody and control over the daughter.
Obviously, choosing the right conservator
is very important.
Andrew Lins, chief conservator
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a respected expert in the field of metals, has sympathy for the desire not to interfere with Judd's materials.
It is the overall goal of the curator and conservator
to protect the artifact, minimize its physical handling, ensure that the scanning function does not cause any damage and that the artifact is stored or treated in a secure and stable fashion following scanning.
John Burbidge said: "The painting is in amazing condition for its age.