Experts to offer museum patrons artifact-conservation advice

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Paige Myers


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, July 8, 2018

If you have a historic artifact or other old object you wish to preserve, there will be expert advice available this Friday at Museum of the Albemarle,

In observance of Conservation Assistance Day, MOA is inviting patrons to bring up to three objects to the museum for free assessment and advice on care.

Paige Myers, who is a textile conservator for the Museum of History in Raleigh, and Jennifer French, objects conservator for the Museum of History, will be the two conservators at MOA to provide expert advice to patrons.

Myers has 25 years’ experience working with textiles at the N.C. Museum of History, as well as the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Institution. She also is a textile adviser to Hope Plantation in Windsor.

French has been objects conservator at the N.C. Museum of History since 2010. Before that she was objects conservator with the N.C. Division of Historic Sites for three years. Prior to her work in North Carolina she worked in objects conservation for the Cleveland Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian.

Myers and French will be at the museum from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments with them are required and will last 30 minutes.

Becky Stiles, administrative assistant at MOA, explained that the emphasis at Friday’s event will be on proper care of objects.

Some information about an object’s provenance or historical use may be available, but the focus will not be on an object’s value, as on television’s “Antiques Roadshow,” or its history, as on “History Detectives.”

For reasons of safety, certain types of objects should not be brought to an appointment on Friday:

* Objects with live ammunition or an unexploded ordnance

* Textile or wood objects infested with mold or pests

* Hazardous chemicals such as barium or strychnine

* Objects that have been exposed to biological agents.

As of Friday there were four spots remaining for the Conservation Assistance Day event.  To make an appointment, call the museum at 335-1453.