Renown conservationist of works of art on paper, Anne Kennett, recently came to Lawrence Museum to present a workshop on paper conservation to volunteers from North Coast museums.
Anne Kennett studied paper conservation at the Camberwell School of Art in London, and managed a conservation business in Oxford, UK, before moving to Australia. Anne now has a studio in Coffs Harbour, and works with museums, art galleries and private collectors.
The workshop was arranged by the Museums Australia Far North Coast Chapter, as an addition their Annual General Meeting and members attended from all over the North Coast.
Museums are often the recipients of donated documents and art works which have been subject to deterioration, and need to be stabilised, extending the life of the item and improving the appearance.
Anne showed members how to handle delicate old documents, prints and drawings. Anne explained some of the problems found with old documents, how to identify them and provided advice on cleaning and restoration.
All workshop participants gained a better appreciation of common problems and valuable tips on framing and storage.