Museum Lab: Winter Workshops

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Watch this page for more info on our upcoming workshops for 2019. Especially designed for practicing, emerging, and volunteer museum professionals and aficionados, these workshops focus on skill-building, emerging technologies, exhibit development, preservation, historical inquiry and more.

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2018 Museum Lab: Conservation

Participants explored the differences between conservation and restoration and how to determine the best strategy for objects ranging from large vessels to tiny baskets. Attendees at Harbor History Museum’s four-day workshop learned specialized skills and trained their eyes in the ways of wood and metal. Experts in the field provided hands-on techniques that helped participants improve skills and determine best practices.

The four-day workshop began with a Meet and Greet Dinner and an introduction to maritime heritage preservation by Susan Johnson of Artifacts Consulting. Monday and Tuesday consisted of full days in which workshop students explored everything from vessel evaluation to techniques for interpreting conservation and restoration stories.

Additional presenters included Western Flyer Foundation Project Director Chris Chase; Renee Crist, Collections Manager at Lemay – America’s Car Museum; and Linda Roundhill, Objects Conservator.

The workshop also included a special session on the Washington State Heritage Capital Project Fund grants which have funded numerous local preservation projects, including the Skansie and Ancich netsheds and the Shenandoah Restoration Project.

Support from the Gig Harbor Lodging Tax fund helped make the workshop possible.