Painstaking work to keep heritage intact
Published 22/10/2010 | 05:00
THEY travel to places like the Kurdish textile museum in Iraq to offer their advice on storing and preserving priceless collections of nomadic art.
They offer invaluable tips on how to eradicate pests in furniture collections and carry out vital restoration work on everything from oil paintings to books, buildings and bog bodies.
In an age of the 'throw away' society, meet Ireland's special team of conservators and restorers who help preserve manmade heritage.
Up to 180 of these experts are members of the Irish Professional Conservators and Restorers Association. Their painstaking restoration work can take as little as weeks or as much as years to complete, while some of them are involved in major projects in London, New York and Boston.
Members gathered at the National Library in Dublin yesterday for a one-day conference to discuss findings from recent restoration and conservation projects.