The Pain of Mosul – A Preservation Professional’s Perspective

This was originally published at wwww.rebeccafifieldpreservation.com earlier today. I have spent my life caring for cultural heritage. As a museum collection manager, my work aims to preserve the physical and intellectual values of collections by limiting risks, such as pollutants, … Continue reading

Five Projects You Can Fund with a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant

Six months. That’s the amount of time you have to think about what a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) can do for your institution. Designed for small to mid-sized institutions, these awards of up to $6000 are perfect … Continue reading

National Maritime Grants Available

Deadline September 23, 2014 Maritime museums can get a real boost this year from $1.7 million available through the Maritime Heritage Program. The total grant amount over the next four years is $7 million. How, during these straightened times, did … Continue reading

Museum Monday: New Frontiers

This month I begin a new venture: developing a preservation and emergency consulting practice. You can visit my new website at www.rebeccafifieldpreservation.com. I’ve largely been an institutional creature up to this point in my career. I crave process and figuring out systems … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Ten Things in the Indiana State Museum’s Video that Make Me Happy

What makes me happy when I watch the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Happy video? See it here! Double-sided side truck Not one, but two fume hoods Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Salvage and Response Wheel Labeled archive boxes Blackout/dust covers … Continue reading

Museum Monday Must-Haves: Chemical Sponges

What should you have on hand to recover objects from a fire? Chemical sponges! After you’ve vacuumed the friable debris from an object damaged with soot, try chemical sponges on hard-surfaced objects. These tacky sponges can pick up the greasy … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Collection Care’s Identity Crisis

You might have had it happen. You are working in the gallery, grimacing at the amount of dust that’s built up, gently stroking a brush across an object’s surface with vacuum in hand, and a well-meaning supporter or visitor mouths … Continue reading

Museum Monday: A Job Description That Helps the Field

Recently, the Dallas Museum of Art has been looking for a Director of Collections Management (go for it!). Anyone who has looked for a museum collection management job knows that our profession suffers from an identity crisis. Job search engines … Continue reading

A Squeal of Delight at the Indianapolis Museum of Art: Miniature Dresses

I attended the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis at the end of May. The opening reception was on a steamy night at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). While the reception was welcoming, it was difficult for … Continue reading

Museum Monday – Working at Winterthur

I’m in residence at Winterthur Museum, Library, and Garden working on my 18th century runaway project and participating in a preventive conservation exchange. I’m extremely grateful to have this time to focus on my projects and to work with the … Continue reading