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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Penn Museum

Molly Gleeson at work in new Penn Museum Lab.
Photos: Jim Graham/Penn Museum
Penn Museum Conservation
Now Front and Centre
The Penn Museum has launched a new, public conservation workshop space, staffed by a project conservator on duty during museum hours.

Called the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, the workspace is a collaborative project between the museum's Conservation Department and its Egyptian section. The principal project conservator staffing the lab, Molly Gleeson, will focus her work on cleaning, restoring, and preserving about thirty pieces from the museum's ancient Egyptian collection.

Visitors will be able to watch Ms Gleeson, and other Conservation Department members, through the day, with question-and-answer periods at 11:15 am and at 2 pm Tuesday through Friday, and at 1 pm and 3:30 pm on weekends.

The lab was officially launched last week by Museum Director Julian Siggers; David Silverman, curator-in-charge of the Egyptian Section; and Head of Conservation Lynn Grant.