Vacuum Cleaners & Associated Tools

Conservators have always been very creative in finding and inventing new tools. Equipment from the medical supply industry has been a bountiful resource for specific needs in our field. Before conservation supply vendors started selling vacuum cleaners equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA) and variable speed control devices (VSCD), conservators adapted household vacuum…

Plucking and clipping swan feathers

Birds are warm-blooded vertebrates, but more closely related to reptiles than mammals on the evolutionary pathway. Scientific research, including the discovery of Archaeopteryx, with its distinctively avian feathered wings, has revealed that birds are present-day relatives of dinosaurs. Birds are the only living animals with feathers, a unique adaptation that performs a number of life-sustaining functions…

Continuing Conservation Research Challenges: Impacts of Cleaning, Pesticides, and Restoration of Color in Feathers

In September of 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…