Exhibition Environments

This past Thursday I attended the 2nd Conservation Preservation workshop presented by Cornell University, and as usual, I came out with many great tips for preparing a museum exhibition. And . . . it included a hands on lab again! Yay! I love hands on projects. Okay, so this is what we did.

First, we mounted a postcard on a mat that was slightly larger than the postcard, and strapped the corners down with mylar strips.


On the back side, I used scotch tape to tape the mylar down. Scotch tape is okay in this case since it isn’t touching the original document:


Looks like a big mess, huh? It doesn’t matter – nobody sees that side. And it was my first time. I like the postcard. It was designed by Pat for the Cornell libraries – where food and beverage is not allowed. Pat was our hands-on instructor for this class. I’ll blog (rant) about food and drink in libraries later.

The next is a facsimile of a postcard of a cyanotype from the Liberty Hyde Bailey collection at Cornell. Cyanotypes (and blueprints) are very sensitive to any light exposure, so you most likely won’t find originals in any exhibition.


Since this is a copy, it doesn’t need to be protected with the mylar strips at the corners and can be slightly larger than the mat. I built a stand for it.


And last, but not least, I built a book stand, which is specific for this book – Korean Short Stories – well, this is one book in my home I won’t be reading any time soon!


Here’s a side view of the book stand that I designed. The book didn’t want to open up very far, which is why it isn’t flatter. The stand really is straight, the photo makes it look crooked:

And I had to add this “z” piece to stablize the left side:


If you want to see professional work like the examples above, check out Nevermore: The Edgar Alan Poe exhibition at Cornell University and Liberty Hyde Bailey: A Man For All Seasons at Cornell University. If you go to the bottom of each page, you can see a photo of the exhibition cases.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Oct 07, 2006 @ 23:14:35

    Wow! You get to do such cool stuff.
    BTW: I haven’t read your entire blog, so forgive this question.
    What exactly do you DO? Is this conservation class for work or a hobby? I am offically requesting a post about what you do (or direction to a previous post that explains it already)


  2. Pam
    Oct 08, 2006 @ 20:11:36

    Hi Susan – It would be fun if you were there with me in class! The teachers are so cool!
    I’ll work on a post about what I do, because it isn’t a simple answer these days! 🙂


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