Identifying different historical photographs is often very challenging.
The students were tested on their ability to do so, and on the
implications for conservation treatment and disaster planning. Different techniques for examination, cleaning and repair were practiced
with test samples. Various brushes, erasers, liquids and gels were
trialled. Debra was constantly on hand to provide guidance and encouragement,
encouraging her students to experiment with new approaches and to share
their findings. [In an evening lecture after the workshop, Debra] spoke about the significance of photographs to people around the
world and the benefits that their preservation can bring, particularly
at times of hardship and trauma."
To read more about the workshop, visit ICON's Photographic Materials Group (PhMG) blog page here. The website also includes a pre-workshop interview with Norris, where she talks about breaking into the profession, the challenges the field faces, and
the importance of making global connections in conservation.