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Paige Schmidt

Archaeological Conservator

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  • The Return of IR

    • Collections
    • Conservation
    • Science
    • Technology

    After a quick trip to the conservation lab, this makeshift muzzle was photographed and seen in a whole new light- literally. A series of images were taken of the label with varying infrared filtration to hone in on just the right wavelengths to best see ‘through’ the old varnish.

  • Even the lion has to defend himself against… lichen?

    • Collections
    • Conservation
    • Mariners' Park

    The Lions are ready for the catwalk again. Conservation cleaning of four of the Museum’s most iconic treasures is complete for this year.

  • A Lion by Any Other Color. . .

    • Collections
    • Conservation
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Mariners' Park

    If you’ve visited our Lions Bridge over the last couple of weeks, you may have seen our signature Lions turning shades of red and orange. Never Fear! Nothing is wrong. Rather, the conservation team is giving our Lions a ‘grooming.’

  • The Bronze Door Society Paves the Way for New Possibilities at the Museum!

    • Conservation
    • Science
    • Technology

    The new Zeiss Axioscope 5 will allow conservators and scientists to view samples at high magnification with polarized light, darkfield and brightfield illumination, and ultraviolet visible fluorescence. These analytical features, in conjunction with our new workstation, camera, and imaging software, will allow us to view, capture, and share information that we previously could not attain in-house.

  • I-Arghhhh: The Use of an Infrared (IR) Camera in Conservation

    • Conservation
    • Photography
    • Science
    • Technology

    Last month, Dr. Molly McGath and I unveiled conservation’s infrared camera to the public during the ‘Be My Mariner’ event. Visitors created Valentines for their special someones, and included a ‘secret’ message that only our IR camera could reveal.

  • Sail Maker’s Sewing Kit: A Look at an Artifact’s Pit-stop in Conservation before Going out on Loan

    • Collections
    • Conservation

    Recently, I’ve been working on several items that are going out on loan to various institutions next year. While only a couple of these projects will be very treatment intensive (probably more on those later…), I thought I’d share an example of the routine care and due diligence paid to every artifact prior to loan. Every little consideration is important to ensure the safety of an object while it is being appreciated elsewhere.

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