|Blue and Brown Barkcloth|
|Beige and Brown barkcloth|
|Humidification process and hoist|
|Rolled with muslin cover removed|
No action is taken until an item is evaluated and reports are written. After approval of the proposed process, each step is carefully documented and recorded. I found it fascinating that they use rare earth magnets quite a bit. Apparently in addition to being strong, they can be calibrated to determine just how much pressure they will be exerting on the item so as to have just enough pressure to display the item but not so much as to make an impression. In addition they wrap the magnet in tyvek, so as not to damage the cloth and if the item to be displayed has a pattern, they might photocopy the pattern and wrap the magnet in the photocopy to further disguise it. Cool eh?
Other items to be displayed go through similar processes that can take months of work to prepare them for display. These talks are offered every first and third Wednesdays and the Preview room is open Thursday afternoon. I heartily recommend checking on the lectures and taking a look at the Preview room.
When I was there they also had a wonderful display of quilts in the display area adjacent to the Preview Room. More on quilts and button coats next post.