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Collections Present & Future – The Conservation of Masterpieces – Study Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As an independent charity, how does the Weston Park Foundation care for its internationally important collection including works by van Dyck and Gainsborough? What is the best way to vacuum a fragile textile? And what sort of beasties should you keep away from your precious heirlooms? Join us on one of our Discovery Days to find out answers to these and many other conservation conundrums!

Each year, the Weston Park Foundation – the charity that now owns Weston Park – welcomes a team from the University of Cambridge’s Hamilton Kerr Institute to undertake essential conservation works to the House’s outstanding picture collection.  On our Discovery Days you can take a privileged look at what the team are doing and see some extraordinary transformations as the experts work to safeguard the house’s internationally famous treasures for future generations.

Tuesday 17th or Wednesday 18th February

Join our Curator and Head of Learning, Gareth Williams, for an entertaining and informative talk about the value that all our treasured possessions can derive from conservation in all of its forms, and enjoy a tour of the House to learn about the past, present and future projects being undertaken by the Foundation.

Discovery Day Itinerary:

10.30am: Coffee on arrival

11.00am: Talk in the Auditorium focusing on the nine agents of deterioration and country housekeeping

12noon: Session with the Hamilton Kerr Institute painting conservators, to learn about the tasks in hand at Weston Park and some of the basic picture conservation techniques.

12.45pm Two-course lunch followed by coffee

2.15pm Guided tour of the historic rooms focusing on the conservation challenge and its practical application

4pm Depart

£55.00 per person

Places are limited and pre-booking is required.

To book your place please call 01952 852100 or e-mail: enquiries@weston-park.com


Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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