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Image: Martin Cooper 'Tate Britain glazed dome' [CC BY 2.0 (] via Flickr

Conservation of Composite Objects: Compounded Challenges & Diverse Treatments

Icon Metals Group Autumn Conference and AGM 2017

From: Thursday 09.11.17
at 10:00am
To: Thursday 09.11.17
at 5:00pm

Tate Britain


Bookings for Icon Metals Group Autumn Conference and AGM 2017 now open

Event description: 

The Icon Metals Group one-day conference will focus on the conservation of composite objects. Under discussion will be challenges related to the assessment, conservation, display and storage of composite objects and structures with a metal component.

Presentations will deal with the challenges of composite objects with a view to generate discussion of:            

•    Adverse interactions of materials within an object

•    Display and storage of composites - problems and possible solutions

•    Conflicting treatment requirements

•    Decision-making and prioritisation

•    Complex cases - how objects are assessed and treated

•    Collaborative working to deliver different conservator skill sets       


Indicative timetable (subject to change):


10.00 – 10.35 Registration and refreshments

10.35 – 10.40 Welcome and housekeeping

10.40 – 11.05 Marine archaeological iron/organic composites - still challenging after all these years...
Eric Nordgren and Angela Middleton

11.05 – 11.30 How to make brown stuff a hit with curators: how the investigative conservation of a Roman cremation urn influenced its reconstruction and display
Karla Graham

11.30 – 11.55 Motorized vehicles as composite objects - taking up the challenge for the former Greek Royal cars
Panagiotis Christodoulou

11.55 – 12.20 Le Carrosse: the restoration of an aluminium micro-car by Paul Arzens, 1951
Michaela Florescu

12.20 – 13.40 Lunch and Metals Group AGM

13.40 – 14.05 Analysis of corrosion products and superficial residues to illuminate the treatment histories of Diniacopolous coins at Queen’s University
Mikaela Marchuk, Gus Shurvell, Alison Murray, and Amandina Anastassiades

14.05 – 14.30 Tinned copper artefacts: comparative study of different chemical cleaning reagents
Mohammad Mortazavi, Hamid Reza Bakhshandeh Fard and Abbas Abed- Esfahani

14.30 – 14.55 Silver linings: application of the PLECO electrolytic pen for treating silver at National Museums of Scotland
Charles Stable

14.55 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 15.55 Arming conservation for the future
William Hawkes

15.55 – 16.20 Could an injected solvent-delivery system reveal coloured underlay on Iranian pierced armour?
Francesca Levey

16.20 – 16.30 Closing Remarks


 Ticket prices include lunch and refreshments


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Image: Martin Cooper 'Tate Britain glazed dome' [CC BY 2.0 (] via Flickr