MSM Students in Conservation

 

Left to Right: MSM students Marjorie Bontemps, Brooke Dillon, and Molly McVey. Photo taken by Gilcrease Museum photographer. Property of the Gilcrease Museum.

 

Left to Right: MSM students Drew Henderson and Marjorie Bontemps. Photo taken by Gilcrease Museum photographer. Property of the Gilcrease Museum.

 

MSM student Emily Caselman and MSM students Molly McVey, Lacey Faulkner, and Brooke Dillon in the background. Photo taken by Gilcrease Museum photographer. Property of the Gilcrease Museum.

 

Each week, a small number of Museum Science and Management (MSM) students attend a Conservation class taught by Joanna Didik, Chief Conservator of the Gilcrease Museum. The course includes both in-class and lab work. In the past eight weeks, students have worked on small lab projects, including collections scenarios, analyzing risk situations, evaluating surface contamination, and much more. In the photos above, MSM students measured paper objects to create a microclimate away from daily wear.

The main project students work on throughout the semester involves going in depth with one object. The students determine what the object is made of, its history, how to care for it, potential hazards, and the best way to house it within a collection, among many other details. These projects help students understand the amount of work and detail involved with taking care of objects. And to have a better idea of what it takes to care for a collection of thousands of objects. Hands-on activities such as these take students outside of the regular classroom and immerse them in real world experiences!

Museum Science and Management Student Emily Hammill