Ethnographic collections, aspects of research, preservation and conservation

Date: 22 - 30 August 2018

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus - Prinstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Short description: Antwerp Summer University: intensive eight-day programme focused on power objects, with organic and anorganicmaterials, bringing together experts in an interdisciplinary workshop week.

In this eight-day programme, experts, in cooperation with museums, will guide you. The days are usually divided in a more theoretical morning, while in the afternoon the focus is on applied sciences.

We will start with widening the field of research on ethnographic artefacts. You will learn about the most relevant non-destructive research techniques and how to put these techniques to use. You will also acquire the skills necessary for reading, understanding and researching marks, combination of materials, different layers of dirt, coating(s), paintings, corrosion, pest damages ... Following the reading and understanding of the object, we will present, discuss and sometimes practice types of cleaning, gluing and consolidation. Furthermore, you will research an ethnographic museum object.

The Saturday excursion will look at museum storages with ethnographic material and exhibitions with ethnographic displays in Belgium. The following days, we will look at and discuss storage environment and materials, as well making mounting materials and storage covers, including museum visits in and outside Antwerp.

On the last day, you will give a personal presentation of your own object and the report you have written during the summer school, and a group presentation about your work in the museum.

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