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Thursday
May072015

Presenting at the Vatican

In November 2014, I  had a very interesting lecture experience.  I presented a paper at the Vatican Museums within the Vatican City! For the Fowler at Fifty exhibition, I had worked closely with Maori representatives in assessing our collection of Maori cloaks made of woven plant fibers and feathers.  The experience of working with the Maori was truly enlightning, so I wrote a paper on our work and the need for cultural representation within the conservation field, and submitted it to a Musei Vatican publication.  The paper is being published in a book titled  Ethics and practice of conservation. A handbook  for the conservation of ethnographic heritage and artifacts made with different materials. Conservators at the Vatican then asked me to present at a conference Sharing Conservation III: The social impact of conservation.  It was a whirlwind trip, and definitly a major event in my life.  The director of the Vatican Conservation Labs and I and looking to work on more research projects in the future.

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