Conservation Confidential: Moving Monuments


This month, the Museum is celebrating CultureFest so our next Conservation Confidential relates to some of the work done in renovating our Mexico and Central America Gallery. Project Conservator Alexis North will describe the eventful journey of some of the Maya stelae from the jungles of Belize to their current locations, with a few adventures along the way.

Conservation Confidential will go live at 1:00 pm EDT this Friday on the Penn Museum Facebook page. Tune in to watch and ask questions live from 1 – 2 pm. Can’t make the live version? No problem, you can see the archived version here, under the heading Conservation Confidential, and post any questions or comments on our blog.

Conservation Confidential launches!

Penn Museum’s Daily Digs have been a popular offering since their beginning in the fall of 2018. They gave Museum faculty, staff, students, and volunteers chance to rhapsodize about some of their favorite objects or subjects. The in-gallery, in-person versions had to give way to virtual versions when the Museum closed this spring and have continued as the Digital Daily Digs, every day at 1 pm on the Museum’s Facebook page. While conservators have often participated both in the gallery versions and in the digital format, on October 16, we’re starting something new.

Each Friday, a member of the Conservation team will ‘take over’ the Digital Daily Dig with something we’re calling ‘Conservation Confidential’ – a short intimate look at a conservation topic. In honor of International Archaeology Day, Julia Commander will lead off the series talking about her work at the Museum’s site of Gordion, in Turkey.

The inaugural Conservation Confidential was posted at 1:00 pm EDT this Friday on the Penn Museum Facebook page. This post was supposed to go up that morning but somehow the scheduling function didn’t work (This is Lynn Grant, Head Conservator, writing this and apparently I failed that part of WordPress). Please watch this great presentation, post any questions or comments on our blog and look out for a new Conservation Confidential this coming Friday.