Mountmaking for Museum Objects
To: Thursday 25.10.18
West Dean College
Fee: From £498 (10% discount to Icon members)
Mountmaking for museum objects has been practised for years to give objects aesthetic appeal in an exhibit setting. More recently an emphasis has been placed on the role of proper mounts as tools of preventive conservation. The two missions can coexist and this course will explore the logic, methods and materials to accomplish this goal.
This course will cover the design and fabrication of object display mounts, with an emphasis on artefact safety and preventive conservation through the full support and stabilization of the object. Methods for assessing object condition and requirements, measurement and templating, and fabrication techniques will all be taught. Materials will include metals such as brass and steel, plastics, and various foams, fabrics, and other materials, with an emphasis on materials safety in the museum environment.
The course is aimed at museum and conservation professionals involved in exhibits and collections care. Instruction will have presentation and demonstration components, but will mostly entail hands-on building of mounts. Participants are encouraged to bring objects and materials representative of the collections they work with.