The Washington Conservation Guild January Meeting took place on Thursday, January 5th at the S Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian, 1100 West Jefferson Drive. A reception began at 5:00 pm with talks starting at 6:00pm. Among the sponsors of the event was University Products. John Dunphy, who was representing the company, displayed a variety of new items including a new miniature suction device, lighted magnifying glasses, and the new publication, Health & Safety for Museum Professionals, a joint publication of the Society of the Preservation of Natural History (SPNHC) and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). University Products is the official distributor of SPNHC publications.
While in Washington, John also visited the Lunder Conservation Center. Paper Conservator Kate Maynor was kind enough to show him around. Like other visitors here, John had the unique opportunity to see conservators at work in five different laboratories and studios. The Center features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that allow the public to view all aspects of conservation work— work that is traditionally done behind the scenes at other museums and conservation centers. Interactive kiosks and special displays make it easy for visitors to learn about the importance of conservation and show how to take an active role in caring for public art and monuments, as well as how to care for personal treasures at home.
During his brief visit to D.C., John also had the opportunity to visit friends at the Preservation Department of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.