November Meeting: Mariners’ Museum and Park Open House

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

When:
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).