Object and materials conservation

Mountmaking for Museum Objects with Jamie Hascall

Ref: M3D08201



Mountmaking for museum objects has been practised for years to give objects aesthetic appeal in an exhibit setting. More recently an emphasis has been placed on the role of proper mounts as tools of preventive conservation. The two missions can coexist and this course will explore the logic, methods and materials to accomplish this goal. This course will cover the design and fabrication of object display mounts, with an emphasis on artefact safety and preventive conservation through the full support and stabilization of the object. Methods for assessing object condition and requirements, measurement and templating, and fabrication techniques will all be taught. Materials will include metals such as brass and steel, plastics, and various foams, fabrics, and other materials, with an emphasis on materials safety in the museum environment. The course is aimed at museum and conservation professionals involved in exhibits and collections care. Instruction will have presentation and demonstration components, but will mostly entail hands-on building of mounts. Participants are encouraged to bring objects and materials representative of the collections they work with. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk\fs14


Jamie Hascall

OMC Course Leader

Jamie Hascall is the principal at Hascall Consulting LLC, a company formed to help museums meet their conservation and collections care exhibition needs. He holds an MA in Anthropology/Museology from the University of Washington and has over 25 years' experience as a mountmaker and museum preparator. He is a specialist in exhibits for new museums and from 2006 to 2013 was Chief Preparator for the Museums of New Mexico.


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