One of the special opportunities available to participants of the Colonial Williamsburg Study Program, is the chance to join the Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the conservation facilities at the DeWitt Wallace Collections and Conservation building. Depending on what work is in progress, the tour will progress through several laboratories where you might see and hear about the process by which Colonial Williamsburg’s treasures are restored and preserved. In 2015, the tour made a stop at the paper conservation laboratory to view
several objects, including the trunk that was the inspiration for Pat Richards’ class, before moving on to a lab where a spinet was being worked on. Our last stop was the wooden artifacts conservation lab where we saw a variety of objects, including a very large wagon wheel and a highboy with japanned decoration, in the process of being
studied and conserved.
Visit the IGMA website for more information on classes and registration for the January 2016 program.