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Conservation Confidential

Magnet Magic

Friday, May 28, 2021 |
1:00PM - 1:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
A display in the Native American Voices gallery.

Location

Virtual Event - Penn Museum

Category

Part of the Digital Daily Dig Series

On the last Friday of the month, join conservators in our labs to get a behind-the-scenes look at their work caretaking Penn Museum artifacts! Hear about the treatments artifacts need, see conservation in action, and gain access to objects not on view in our galleries in these short special features. Virtual visitors can ask our talented staff questions through live Facebook chat. Plus we’ll share fascinating Artifact Lab blog posts to help illuminate the work of conservators.

How do we display artifacts that do not have a rigid composition? Conservators work closely with museum mount-makers to ensure that artifacts on exhibit are properly supported inside their cases. This task can be quite complex, especially with organic artifacts made from anything once living, such as textiles, animal hides, fur, and feathers. Museum staff often need to provide sufficient artifact support while avoiding distracting visual obstructions. Fortunately, conservators have a few tricks up their lab coat sleeves to aid these efforts, including the use of super-strong magnets. With your newfound understanding of the role these tiny tools play in our displays, you can play “hunt for the magnet” on your next in-person visit to Native American Voices: The People Here and Now.

Conservation Confidential programs are archived and available to view on the Digital Daily Dig page.

To access the livestream with a Facebook account

  • Open Facebook and search for “Penn Museum.”
  • Click the “Like” button to like and follow Penn Museum on Facebook. The button is immediately beneath the main cover photo.
  • For regular updates about this event and to leave questions for the lecturer to answer during the livestream, RSVP “Going” on the Conservation Confidential event page on Facebook and comment in the discussion tab.
  • At 12:55 pm ET on the evening of the Conservation Confidential, go to the Penn Museum’s Facebook page. The livestream will begin at 1:00 pm ET.
  • Make sure you've got your refreshments handy!
  • In the bottom left corner of the screen, a small pop-up box should have appeared that will say, “Penn Museum is now live” with an image of the livestream. Click the box to watch the livestream. You may comment and ask questions throughout the livestream session.

To access the livestream without a Facebook account

  • Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow the public to watch livestream videos if the user does not have a Facebook account. The newest Conservation Confidential video will be uploaded to the Digital Daily Dig within a few days of the livestream.

Free and Open to the Public

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Part of the Digital Daily Dig Series