The Supreme Court Judicial Robe of Chief Justice John Marshall Conservation Request for Proposal

Preservation Virginia is seeking textile conservators to propose conservation  treatment for John Marshall’s Supreme Court Robes.

The  Request for Proposal  can be found HERE. 

On January 9th the robes will be laid  out for examination by conservators wanting to put in a proposal. Due to the delicate nature of the textile, this will be the one time conservators will have the opportunity to examine the robe in person.

Jennifer Hurst-Wender
Director of Museum Operations and Education
204 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-648.1889 ex. 315
Fax:  804-775-0802

November Meeting: Mariners’ Museum and Park Open House

November 2018 Program
Open House at the Mariners’
Museum and Park

Wednesday, November 14th
at 5:30 pm
Where: The Mariners’ Museum and
Park, 100 Museum Drive,
Newport News VA, 23606


Please join the VCA and the Mariners’ Museum and Park for an open house of their newly expanded Conservation Department and lab spaces.

Many of you are familiar with the Mariners’ Museum’s marine archaeological conservation lab which is treating recovered USS Monitor material. In 2015 the Museum went through a strategic planning initiative and adopted a new collections-focused plan which recognized Conservation as one of its four core functions. As a result, the Conservation Department was expanded to also focus on the institution’s collections, library, and archives. This is a first in the history of the museum!

In the last year, the department has grown exponentially. While the
archaeological conservators are still hard at work conserving USS Monitor material, they have been joined by a staff dedicated to supporting the Museum’s general collections and archives. The department now includes an objects conservator, paper conservator, conservation scientist, and a material cultural specialist. Join us for an informal tour through the lab space and a chance to meet our new staff and see what individual projects they are working on.

The reception will being at 5:30 with refreshments provided by the VCA. At the conclusion of the business meeting, the lab open house will begin. Please arrive at the Business Entrance (Bronze Doors Entrance).

September 2018 Program

When:  Wednesday, September 26th
at 5:30 P.M

Where:   DeWitt Wallace Decorative  

Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.,
Please Join the VCA and the Art
Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
for our first program of the season
which will focus on the new
exhibition ‘Upholstery CSI: Reading
the Evidence.

Image courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

This exhibition explores the pioneering work of Colonial Williamsburg
Upholstery Conservator Leroy Graves and is inspired by his landmark 2015 book, “Early Seating Upholstery: Reading the Evidence”, which describes in detail the investigative methods he developed and refined over an award-winning career.

The ‘Graves Approach’ has become ‘the’ method used by museums throughout the world as a non-intrusive way to restore a piece to its earliest appearance without marking or disturbing the frames or surviving upholstery.
‘Upholstery CSI’ will expose the fascinating research and conservation work that goes on behind the scenes in order to retrieve an appearance that would have been familiar to artisans and their customers two to three centuries ago,” said Ronald Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator andvice president for collections, conservation and museums.

We are delighted that Leroy Graves will give an introduction to the exhibition and has graciously agreed to answer questions from the VCA members.
The program will be followed by a business meeting and a reception with
refreshments provided by VCA.

Board Meeting for August

There will be a meeting of the VCA Board on Wednesday,  August 22nd at the Crosby Room at James City County Library in Norge  from 6:00pm-8pm. The location of the September member’s meeting is TBA.  


VCA Fieldtrip

Save the Date!  Thursday July 19th, 2018

The Virginia Conservation Association’s Field Trip to Prestwould Plantation!


Please join us for this highly anticipated Summer field trip to Prestwould Plantation.



Located on the Roanoke River near Clarksville, Virginia, Prestwould was built in 1794 for Sir peyton Skipwith and his wife Lady Jean. It stayed within the family for many generations and is the most complete gentry home in Virginia having retained much of its C18th and c19th furnishings, its original outbuildings and a two-family slave house, as well as extensive documentation and records. The day will begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the house given by longtime director, Dr. Julian Hudson.  After this, we will take a lunch break (bring your own) which we can enjoy whilst sitting on the ‘old stone wall’.  The afternoon will focus on the outbuildings and gardens.

If you have carried out conservation or consultation work for Prestwould, please let me (Maeve Bristow) know ahead of time so I can make sure to include you in the program:  email:

For those planning to go on this field trip, please fill out this transportation before July 1st:

More information and a sign-up will be sent out in due course.


Welcome to the WordPress version of the Virginia Conservation Association Website

This is the new format for the VCA website.  It was chosen so that there could be ease of interaction and input from the membership.  From this site, you should be able to fill out and submit your membership form directly to the membership committee.  On that same page, you should be able to pay online through PayPal.

Posts will be made on this page that will inform the membership of upcoming meetings, courses and other news that might be of interest.

Please feel free to leave feedback, thoughts or what you’d like to see included in the new site in the comments section of this post. Just click on the header of this post and it will take you to where you can leave a comment.  Or feel free to contact me at artconserv7 at gmail dot com.


Lorraine Brevig
Website Chair

VCA Meetings

VCA Meeting: Wednesday, May 9,  5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Cemetery, Entrance: 412 South Cherry Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Meet at President James Monroe’s Tomb

Conservation of the James Monroe Tomb Enclosure

VCA May Meeting

Please join the VCA for for our last VCA membership meeting of this season! The program will take place at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond and will feature a lecture by Andrew Baxter about the conservation and reinterpretation of the gothic revival James Monroe Tomb enclosure.

Map of Hollywood Cemetery with location of Monroe’s Tomb

Please RSVP at Signup Genius

2017-2018 Virginia Conservation Association Schedule

Date Location Topic Presenter(s)
September 7 Varina Library Town Hall: Civil War Monuments VCA and VAM
September 21 DeWitt Wallace Gallery, CWF Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home Gretchen Guidess
November 15 American Revolution Museum, Yorktown Conserving the Caldwell Collection Jane Hohensee, Melba Myers–
January 31 Cabell Library, Richmond Delamination Project at CWF Pam Young, Sophie Barbisan
February 15 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 10AM Issues Concerning Confederate Monuments Jane Klinger, Claudia Walpole, Kate Ridgway
March 28 Surry County Historical Society Restoration of the Cpt. John Smith Deckhouse Maeve Bristow, Ben Bristow
May 9 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond Restoration of the James Monroe Tomb Enclosure Andrew Ba