Troublesome Trophies and Fragile Feathered Friends: Introduction to the Care of Historic Taxidermy
Taxidermy mounts are challenging composite artifacts susceptible to damage from both environmental and biological factors. Whether a single trophy mount graces your historic home, several form a diorama in your museum, or you have a collection of natural science specimens, knowing how mounts are made, how they deteriorate and how to care for them is essential for their preservation.
This webinar is an introduction to the care of taxidermy by a master taxidermist and an objects conservator. The presentation will cover what to look for in a mount to help determine its manner of construction and perhaps it's age, how mounts typically deteriorate over time and how to provide proper preventive care. If refurbishment is necessary, taxidermists and conservators often have differing approaches and the presenters will describe what to expect from the process. Health and safety concerns in dealing with older mounts will also be covered.
George Dante, Founder, Wildlife Preservations, has more than 30 years of experience as a taxidermist, model maker, illustrator and fine artist and Eugenie Milroy is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) with over 20 years of museum and conservation experience.
Sign up now for the September 24, 2015 (1:00 - 2:30 EDT) Connecting to Collections Care webinar on caring for Taxidermy specimens. It's Free.