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October 14, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Conference Puts a Public Face on Conservation

Williamsburg’s conference, “Playing to the Galleries and Engaging New Audiences: The Public Face of Conservation,” gives the general public an opportunity to see conservators outside their labs and provides conservators and educators an opportunity to explore the impact that conservation programming has on audiences. The conference takes place at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 W. Francis St., on Nov. 14-16.

On Monday, Nov. 14, Mary Brooks, Monument Fellow, York Museums Trust, York, United Kingdom, presents the keynote address about the significance of outreach to conservators.

Other presentations include representatives from these prestigious institutions:

  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, Va.;
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, Del.;
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.;
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;
  • National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.;
  • National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.;
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum;
  • Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, Conn.;
  • Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio;
  • National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
  • Museum of London, London, United Kingdom; and
  • Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

    Colonial Williamsburg professionals giving presentations include:

  • John Watson, Colonial Williamsburg conservator of conservator of instruments and mechanical arts;
  • William G. Wagner and Abigail Schumann, Colonial Williamsburg’s productions, publications and learning ventures division;
  • Patricia Balderson, Colonial Williamsburg manager of museum education;
  • Emily Williams, Colonial Williamsburg conservator of archaeological materials;
  • Shelley Svoboda, Colonial Williamsburg conservator of paintings; and
  • Matthew Webster, Colonial Williamsburg director of historic architectural resources.

    Registration is $235 per person for the conference. The student rate is $150.

    Preregistration and payment in full are required. Payment can be made in the form of check, or charged to American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard. There are four easy ways to register for the conference:

  • 1. Online:
  • 2. Phone: 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST)
  • 3. Fax: (757) 565-8921
  • 4. Mail: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Conferences, Forums and Workshops, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776.

    Special hotel rates are available for “The Public Face of Conservation” registrants. For room reservations, call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    Conservation support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Rex A. Lucke, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mildred and J.B. Hickman Conservation Endowment Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowed Conservation Fund.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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