In 2018, The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), in partnership with the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) and UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials (UCLA/Getty), received a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund conservation research over a period of three years. This project aims not only to inform the conservation of the bird taxidermy but also to provide recommendations for the larger community of preservation professionals caring for bird feathers in natural history and ethnographic contexts, as well as fashion and fine art collections.

Follow the research through the AMNH Natural Science Conservation lab’s project blog – In Their True Colors: Impacts of Cleaning, Pesticides and Recoloring in Feathers. Questions and comments will be addressed in subsequent blog posts.

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