GWU Museum Collections Management and Care Program

GWU Museum Collections Management and Care Program The Distance Education Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care features four graduate-level courses designed for those working or volunteering in museums with collections management responsibilities.

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ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity
12/01/2017
ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity

ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity

The world's only particle accelerator used regularly in the analysis of art has gone back into use at the Louvre museum in Paris.

The accelerator has been rebuilt to allow it to investigate paintings without risking damage to the artworks.

05/04/2017
GWU Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care Alumni Survey

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Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black-market traded items just behind illegal drugs, weapons, ...
04/28/2017
New technique may help authorities quickly ID real and fake ivory products

Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black-market traded items just behind illegal drugs, weapons, and humans. A new front-line method could help authorities rapidly identify counterfeit ivory goods.

Read more: http://insider.si.edu/2017/04/new-technique-may-help-authorities-quickly-sort-real-fake-ivory-products/

Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black-market traded items just behind illegal drugs, weapons, and humans. Governments across the globe are …

04/18/2017

If you plan to attend this year's AAM annual meeting in St Louis, please register for the GW reception being held on May 8 at the Marriott from 5:30-7pm. Join current students and alums from the MSTD program, Museum Ed and Corcoran School. Our newest faculty member Suse Anderson will be there to greet you! The link to register is: http://connect.gwu.edu/site/Calendar?id=115164&view=Detail

Leroy Graves was born the son of sharecroppers 70-odd years ago in rural Virginia. He now works as Colonial Williamsburg...
04/05/2017
Colonial Williamsburg conservator has groundbreaking gift for upholstery

Leroy Graves was born the son of sharecroppers 70-odd years ago in rural Virginia. He now works as Colonial Williamsburg's historic upholstery conservator, where he pioneered a system of non-invasive and removable upholstery. Graves just won the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts for his contributions to the field of conservation. Great article on his life and work:

http://www.dailypress.com/news/williamsburg/dp-nws-colonial-williamsburg-conservator-20170215-story.html

"Leroy's role in conservation is amazing and his story is so compelling. I believe that the people who are going to learn about this wonderful man will be amazed at where he has come from and where he is."

Colonial Williamsburg conservator developed pioneering methods for reupholstering historic furniture

The Egyptian Museum is working hard to update its 19th century collections management system. Implementing new technolog...
03/27/2017
Keeping track of the artifacts: On the Egyptian Museum’s Registration, Collections Management and Documentation Department

The Egyptian Museum is working hard to update its 19th century collections management system. Implementing new technology is opening doors for scholars and helping maintain order amidst political upheaval. The power of data!

https://www.madamasr.com/en/2016/10/16/feature/culture/keeping-track-of-the-artifacts-on-the-egyptian-museums-registration-collections-management-and-documentation-department/

A look at the Egyptian Museum’s remarkable Registration, Collections Management and Documentation Department.

“The fact that we all manage to stay sane is really what makes the museum run.”Via Washington Post, Behind the scenes of...
02/13/2017
This is how you photograph a million dead plants without losing your mind

“The fact that we all manage to stay sane is really what makes the museum run.”

Via Washington Post, Behind the scenes of the National Museum of Natural Museum's digitization project.

"This is how you photograph a million dead plants without losing your mind"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/02/08/this-is-how-you-photograph-a-million-dead-plants-without-losing-your-mind/?utm_term=.10fd6fc38450

The Smithsonian's botany collection is finally going digital. But photographing and archiving 3.5 million specimens has proved an unbelievable challenge.

From the Guardiaan: Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian conservation project"There has been no other project ...
01/23/2017
Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian conservation project

From the Guardiaan: Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian conservation project

"There has been no other project like this worldwide, with this number of coffins being documented or restored."

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/17/egyptian-museum-cairo-restoration-project-hundreds-wooden-coffins

More than 600 wooden coffins at Egyptian Museum in Cairo to be documented and restored by team of conservators

From the Getty: "Surprises as an Ancient Statue Is Prepped to Receive Its Missing Head"Antiquities conservator Eduardo S...
12/19/2016
Surprises as an Ancient Statue Is Prepped to Receive Its Missing Head

From the Getty: "Surprises as an Ancient Statue Is Prepped to Receive Its Missing Head"

Antiquities conservator Eduardo Sanchez is beginning work to reunite a long-separated ancient Roman head and body. So far he’s uncovered a cryptic message and evidence of a 20th-century beheading!

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/surprises-as-an-ancient-statue-is-prepped-to-receive-its-missing-head/

Discovery of a cryptic message while reuniting an ancient head and body.

Was the Declaration of Independence ‘defaced’? Experts say yes.“The defining damage that made the Declaration what it is...
11/07/2016
Was the Declaration of Independence ‘defaced’? Experts say yes.

Was the Declaration of Independence ‘defaced’? Experts say yes.

“The defining damage that made the Declaration what it is today was not the result of 19th-century copying or excessive exhibition, but occurred in the 20th century,” wrote Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, the Archives’ retired chief of conservation, and Catherine Nicholson, the retired deputy chief.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/was-the-declaration-of-independence-defaced-experts-say-yes/2016/10/21/5bb6efaa-96d9-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html

20th-century mishandling brought a grimy handprint, faded text and altered signatures.

Great story of diligence and detective work in provenance research. Way to go Meadows Museum and Curator Nicole Atzbach!...
10/13/2016
Mystery of art stolen by Nazis solved at SMU museum

Great story of diligence and detective work in provenance research. Way to go Meadows Museum and Curator Nicole Atzbach!

"Who actually owned the paintings? And did they ever get them back?

'I wanted to know. Absolutely. They’re important works of art,' Atzbach said. 'So, I figured there had to be a trail so I went after it.'"

http://www.wfaa.com/features/mystery-of-art-stolen-by-nazis-cracked-at-smu-museum/329730578

At a museum, most of us care about what's on the front of the canvas. But not if you're into solving mysteries, like Nicole Atzbach.

Two tales of emergency heritage preservation: a coalition rescuing artworks under rubble in Italy and Smithsonian staff ...
09/23/2016
Italy's art historians, firefighters and special police scamble to rescue quake-stricken Amatrice's heritage

Two tales of emergency heritage preservation: a coalition rescuing artworks under rubble in Italy and Smithsonian staff providing conservation advice to flood victims in Louisiana.

(If you live in the Lafayette or Baton Rouge areas, be sure to share the second link with anyone in need of advice for water damaged items!)

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-09-22/italys-art-historians-firefighters-and-special-police-scamble-rescue-quake

http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277/updates/louisianans-can-get-smithsonian-preservation-advice-lafayette-and-baton-rouge

After a devastating earthquake in central Italy, a special rescue unit is working to recover the town of Amatrice's cultural heritage: the centuries-old paintings, art and religious objects in the town's damaged or collapsed libraries, museums and churches.

"When what’s available on the market doesn’t quite do the trick, however, conservators have to craft their own innovativ...
08/31/2016
When Regular Tools Don’t Cut It, Make 'Em Yourself | Conservation Lab | The Creators Project

"When what’s available on the market doesn’t quite do the trick, however, conservators have to craft their own innovative solutions, modifying, assembling, or repurposing existing tools"

Check out these great examples of creative problem solving by museum conservators!

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/when-regular-tools-conservation-lab

Conserving one-of-a-kind objects calls for unique solutions.

Sometimes facility improvements can have unexpected consequences for collections! Removing 150 years of dirt from the gl...
07/29/2016
Sunlight 'destroying' priceless specimens after Oxford University's Natural History Museum cleans roof

Sometimes facility improvements can have unexpected consequences for collections! Removing 150 years of dirt from the glass roof of Oxford's Natural History Museum "has let in so much sunlight that the museum’s priceless specimens are suffering 'rapid and irreversible” damage."

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/27/sunlight-destroying-priceless-specimens-after-oxford-universitys/

When Oxford University unveiled the results of a £

Not exactly specific to collections care, but an interesting read given the current Pokemon Go craze! Many museums are e...
07/13/2016
Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokémon here

Not exactly specific to collections care, but an interesting read given the current Pokemon Go craze! Many museums are embracing the bump in visitors, but not all...

"Almost everywhere you turn, it seems, people have their eyes glued to smartphone screens playing Pokémon Go. Since its launch last week, the app has quickly become a cultural phenomenon that has fans of all ages hunting around their neighborhoods for collectible digital creatures that appear on players' screens as they explore real-world locations.

But there's at least one place that would really like to keep Pokémon out: the Holocaust Museum."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/12/holocaust-museum-to-visitors-please-stop-catching-pokemon-here/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_pokemon-430pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Melding the real world with a digital one can sometimes lead to uncomfortable consequences.

"If you told a proud Philadelphian that the “whole story” of his city could be found in a toilet, he might slug you. But...
07/09/2016
Treasures from American history found preserved in 300-year-old human poop in an old brothel

"If you told a proud Philadelphian that the “whole story” of his city could be found in a toilet, he might slug you. But that’s exactly what archaeologist Rebecca Yamin thinks."


Treasures from American history found preserved in 300-year-old human poop in an old brothel - this week from the Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/07/treasures-from-american-history-found-covered-in-300-year-old-human-poop-in-an-old-brothel/

More than 82,000 artifacts were found, preserved by 300-year-old human waste, during the construction of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

06/15/2016
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Our Virtual Open House for the Fall Session is this Thursday June 16th (1-2pm EDT). If you're interested in applying, don't miss it!

Register here: go.gwu.edu/musemgmt

06/08/2016
RecoVR: Mosul, a collective reconstruction

RecoVR: Mosul -- Virtual Museum for Artifacts Destroyed by ISIS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EazGA673fk&feature=youtu.be

In February 2015, Islamic State militants posted a video online showing the destruction of antiquities in and around the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq. RecoVR: Mosul is virtual reality project and 360° video that recreates a museum to house those destroyed objects. This reconstruction of the Mosul Museum in Iraq was commissioned by The Economist Media Lab in association with Project Mosul. The video tells the story of their destruction and explains how The Economist and Project Mosul reconstructed the antiquities and built the virtual museum.

In February 2015, Islamic State militants posted a video online showing the destruction of antiquities in and around the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq. For ...

06/07/2016
Administration Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation: Completes Near-Total Elephant...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is strengthening its stand on Ivory:

The Administration Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation: Completes Near-Total Elephant Ivory Ban to Cut Off Opportunities for Traffickers

Special rule for African elephants under the Endangered Species Act contains limited exemptions for bona fide antiques and items with small amounts of ivory that are not drivers of poaching

http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=administration-takes-bold-step-for-african-elephant-conservation:-&_ID=35686

USFWS News Releases. Agency manages National wildlife refuges, protects endangered species, manages migratory birds, restores nationally significant fisheries and enforces federal wildlife laws.

05/31/2016
Museum Studies Promo

The George Washington University’s Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Collections Management and Care is now accepting applications.

The graduate certificate consists of 4 classes in legal and ethical issues, collections management, and preventive conservation. The certificate is earned completely online and there is never a time that you are required to login for a class so you work when it suits you!

The classes are taught by faculty with extensive experience at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of State. There are also guest lectures from leaders in the field on topics such as fire protection, integrated pest management and digitization
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We are accepting applications for the incoming fall class until August 1, 2016.

For more information:

Register for a virtual open house webinar on Thursday June 16th from 1:00-2:00 EDT: go.gwu.edu/musemgmt

Watch our introductory video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZCtzbRhk0I&feature=youtu.be

Contact the program’s Director, Mary Coughlin, at [email protected]

Visit our website: http://ccas.gwu.edu/museum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZCtzbRhk0I

For more information visit us at: http://ccas.gwu.edu/museum or contact us at: [email protected]

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Hello. I just got accepted in the gwu museum collections management and care program. I'm very excited but confused about something. I was counting on student loans to get through the program. However, I was told that this program does not qualify for financial aid. Does anyone know if this is the case, and if so how does one finance the program without a private loan? I'm a little worried because I very much want to do this program but I am worried that it might turn out to not be possible.
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Hey all! There is a Call for Proposals for the Small Museum Association's 2018 conference in College Park, MD. Find out more about the Conference here: http://www.smallmuseum.org/ Do give it a shot and good luck!