Workshop: Conserving Natural History and Organic Collections

  • 16 Sep 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • L.C. Bates Museum Visitor Center, Fairfield, ME
  • 12


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Conserving Your Museum's Natural History and Organic Collections

Celebrating 20 Years of Conservation Work at L.C. Bates Museum

This 5.5-hour workshop will examine the issues of caring for varied types of organic collections commonly found in museum collections. As part of the program, conservator Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will lead a tour and discussion of conserved L.C.Bates Museum objects he has preserved over the last 20 years of work in the museum.  During the last segment of the workshop, participants can share pictures of objects in their collections for the conservator to review.

Morning refreshments and drinks will be available, but please bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at half time. 


  • 9:00 to 9:30 Registration and coffee
  • 9:30 to 10:00 Introduction to workshop and topic
  • 10:00 to 11:00 Collections Care Needs 
  • 11:00 to 11:10 Refreshment break
  • 11:10 to 12:00 Demonstrations of Collections Care activities (Including one hands-on take home collection container activity)
  • 12:00 to 12:45 Lunch and informal discussion with peers and the conservator (Door prize drawing)
  • 12:45 to 2:00 Participants collection issues will be discussed
  • 2:00 to 3:00  Tour and discussion of the museum's conservation projects with the conservator

Your Presenter

This workshop is presented by Ron Harvey, Conservator/Principal at Tuckerbrook Conservation.  Tuckerbrook Conservation offers conservation consulting, treatment, teaching, management, storage, long-term preservation, handling, lecturing, preservation workshops, conservation assessments and assessment of collections, including archaeological, ethnographic, fine art objects, outdoor sculpture, and zinc sculpture.

The Venue

The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley, located on U.S. Route 201 in Hinckley Village in Fairfield, is a natural history museum that includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.

The workshop will be held at the visitors centerthe building with the blue roof just north of the museumThe tour at the end will be in the gallery.  Both spaces are accessible for wheelchair users.  Many single-room restrooms are available for folks of any gender.

Online registration will be open through September 12.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at or 238-4250.

The size of the workshop space limits registration to 20 participants - register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

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