Category Archives: Conservation

Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Visions of Grandeur: Winterthur Transformed

Winterthur, the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, has undergone many transformations in its rich history. The original 12-room, 3-story Greek revival mansion, built in 1839 by Jacques Antoine Bidermann and his wife Evelina du Pont, was only a … Continue reading

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Beat the August Heat! Check Out the Fabulous House Tours Winterthur Has to Offer

August is a great time to get out of the heat and visit the house tours Winterthur has to offer. Always a classic, the Introductory Tour is a nonreserved tour included with general admission. On this family friendly tour, enjoy … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: Preserving Temperance

By Director of Conservation Lois Alcott Price The Textile Lab has recently been the site of a collaboration between painting and textile conservation. Flaking paint on a fragile silk edged cotton banner scheduled for exhibition in Uncorked! Wine, Objects & … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: Spring in Iraq

By Director of Conservation Lois Olcott Price My travels through conservation have taken me a bit further afield this week. I am in Erbil, Iraq, working with the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH). It is … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: A Very Special Vacuum

By Director of Conservation Lois Olcott Price Winterthur’s annual closure in January and February ends the bustle of visitors for Yuletide, but brings a different kind of hustle as staff turn to the many projects that require the closure of … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: Could It Be Muskrat??

Editor’s note: this is the first of an ongoing series of posts by Director of Conservation Lois Olcott Price. As Director of Conservation at Winterthur Museum, I have perhaps one of the best jobs in the world. Daily, I visit … Continue reading

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So Clean You Can Eat off ’Em!: The Floors of Winterthur

Matthew A. Mickletz is Winterthur’s supervisor of preventive conservation aides and a new homeowner as well as a new dad. As my wife and I searched for our own “place to call home,” we, like most homeowners-to-be, wanted a few … Continue reading

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