Each issue is
researched and written by a student in the Winterthur/University of
Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), a three-year, internationally prestigious
master’s degree program that educates and trains conservation professionals.
“We hope that these posts are and continue to be an educational resource for
people, as well as a source of solace,” said first-year WUDPAC student
Annabelle Camp, who wrote the first issue of the blog, about caring for family
photos, and continues to work on the project. “I believe we have all felt
isolated at one point during this crisis, but we can find comfort in not only
being productive but also in the objects themselves.”
Camp, who has spent some of her own isolation organizing her wedding photos,
noted that students begin the graduate program with a comprehensive study of
all aspects of conservation, although they ultimately choose an area of specialization.
Because of their broad background, they are able to conduct research and write
about a variety of conservation materials, she said.
And, she noted, the blog is written not for academics or professional
conservators but for the general public. Tips focus on practical matters such
as how to sort, label, handle and store potentially fragile materials.
“Whether it's a photo album, family
quilt or a favorite sweater, we all have personal treasures that bring us joy
and connect us to people we may not be able to connect with otherwise right now,” Camp
said. “The goal of these posts is to provide approachable information that will
help preserve those treasures for as long as possible.”
The latest project is just one way in
which the Department of Art Conservation engages with the community. Faculty
and students regularly take on conservation projects that aid nonprofit and
educational organizations and individuals in need.
“With ‘Caring for
Family Treasures,’ we are grateful to have a way to reach out and help others
at this time,” said Debra Hess Norris, the Unidel Henry Francis du Pont
Chair in Fine Arts and chairperson of the art conservation department.
Visit the news section of the department’s
website to see the blog posts.
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Annabelle Camp
Published April 28, 2020