Icon's Dynamic Objects Network presents a series of open-to-all, free-to-attend, on-line short talks.
These regular events will bring together professional conservators, practitioners, industry professionals and academics to discuss projects and case-study objects from the world of things that move!
The series continues on Monday 12 July 2021 at 18.00 - 19.30 BST with three short talks.
'ROG350’, the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Observatory Greenwich by Dr Emily Akkermans
Royal Museums Greenwich holds a unique collection of horological objects. A small selection of objects is kept in working order. This necessitates additional guidelines and policies in addition to those that apply to static objects. My talk will focus on our upcoming anniversary ‘ROG350’, and how I hope to implement new guidelines and policies within this framework.
Understanding books as a dynamic objects by Leah Humenuck
Books, a common type of object, may not necessarily be the first kind of item to come to mind when considering dynamic objects. However, in order for them to traditionally function they must be able to transform shape consistently and repeatedly. This talk is a short introduction into understanding books as dynamic objects from the beginning of the humble codex through to pop-up books and artist's books which push the boundaries of what dynamic means for them. It will also include a short case study of the conservation of a Victorian scrapbook, who’s binding structure was intended for adaptation to a changing shape, but the materials’ inherent vice inspired a hybrid of historic and creative solutions for its conservation treatment.
Putting the fun in functionality: How the concept of function informs and influences conservation decision making by Kate Jennings
The talk will start off with a very quick introduction to Coode Conservation Partnership and the types of work we carry out. The majority of the talk will then explore the recurring concept of function, how this is defined and how it can be used to help elucidate some of the factors that influence decision making in the treatment of dynamic objects. This analysis will be tied to examples of practical work carried out by Coode Conservation Partnership in order to seek to keep it firmly grounded.
About the Dynamic Objects Network
From instruments to industrial machines, cultural, technical and social values of dynamic objects evolve and change from their time of production until they reach a status of historical object. The Icon Dynamic Objects Network was initiated by conservators of horological objects, with the aim of involving others in the care, maintenance and conservation-restoration of all types of mechanical device meant to have or have had moving parts.
My job as Curator of Time at Royal Museums Greenwich involves managing our timekeeping collections. It is my dream job, as the collection has a unique relationship to the history of the Royal Observatory and close links to astronomy, navigation, science and society, all fascinating subjects. I studied horology at the ‘De Vakschool’ in Schoonhoven (the Netherlands) where I specialised in the restoration of antique clocks. As I was keen to pursue a career in museums, I studied for a bachelor and master's degree in Conservation and Restoration at the University of Antwerp, where I focused on conservation techniques specific to metal objects. My PhD has led me to my current position, in which I studied the use of chronometers within the Royal Navy during the 19th Century.
Trained and qualified as a corporate solicitor in London, Kate always felt something was missing in her career. Various options were tested, and a day spent in a local blacksmith forge opened a door that couldn’t be closed. Following a year at Hereford College studying a diploma in blacksmithing, she never looked back.
Kate discovered a conservation course specifically in historic metalwork at West Dean College that opened up a whole new world – one in which practical metalworking skills could be combined with in-depth research and analysis.
Two years at West Dean College resulted in Kate gaining an MA in “Evaluating the effectiveness of superheated water cleaning in reducing re-corrosion of coastally located ferrous metal objects”. Kate subsequently co-established Coode Conservation and continues to develop the myriad skills involved in running a small conservation workshop, alongside working as an assistant tutor at West Dean College.