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Phoebe Hearst Museum Tour 2011

On October 1st, 2011, BAACG had the unique privilege to tour the Phoebe Hearst Museum on the UC Berkeley campus.  The current exhibition (The Conservator’s Art: Preserving Egypt’s Past) features a variety of ancient Egyptian artifacts.  This exhibit is fairly unusual in that its conservation efforts are a prominent part of the presentation.  This is, of course, in order to increase awareness of the value (and expense) of conserving these artifacts.  Placards on the wall describe not only the artifacts but the processes and techniques used to stabilize or restore them, and there is a functioning conservator's workstation in the middle of the exhibit, operated a couple times a week by one of the conservation staff.

Following the tour, about a dozen of us enjoyed a lovely lunch at the elegant Henry's Pub at Bowditch and Durant.

It was a delight to talk shop with Ms. Williams and her team, and we thank them kindly for taking the time.

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