On Mondays We Catalogue – Winterthur Week 4

Life is full of many seemingly unanswerable questions.

Mysteries so vast, so expansive, and so seemingly all-encompassing that figuring out how to find their answers seems impossible.

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Light – Conserve, Preserve, Observe Part 2

As promised, here is some more information about the role light plays in conservation, courtesy of Winterthur’s Lighting Specialist Mack Truax.

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Conserve, Preserve, Observe – Winterthur Week 2

I’m about to wrap up my second week interning with the Curatorial Department at Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library. The days have been incredibly varied – one day I uploaded multimedia files to Winterthur’s database so anyone can visually see print works in Winterthur’s collection, another day I helped the Registration Department transport boxes of recently fumigated textiles to their storage space during cataloguing and photographing, and yesterday I visited the “Gray Building” with Josh, the Furniture Curator, to record accession numbers for potential pieces to go on display in the estate in time for an upcoming furniture conference later this year. Some days I spent hours online, and others I was barely at my desk. There is some consistency in long term cataloguing projects, but also variation in unexpected duties and tasks that require venturing to new parts of the property.

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Welcome to Winterthur

About me:

Although I grew up in the Delaware-Pennsylvania area, this summer is the first time I ever visited Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library. For the next ten weeks, I will be tucked away at a desk on the sixth floor in a room full of quirky decorative curiosities, learning from Winterthur’s curatorial department. I am Winterthur’s first Woody intern from William and Mary, and am very lucky that the Woody Internship in Museum Studies makes it possible for me to experience behind the scenes museum work this summer.

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In the Trenches

A majority of the locations I’ve visited in Europe have had a museum, statue, plaque, or some component of written information from which I gather data. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of my research, however, I have recently ventured into an abbreviated form of historical archaeology in which I got down and dirty with my marines in the trenches of France.

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