Conservation Reel

Conservation Reel is a project to gather and present video on art conservation and collections care in an online resource intended for museum and conservation professionals, students, and interested members of the general public. The project started in 2011 with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Conservation Reel’s content will include video on collections care practices such as framing, packing, and storage; behind-the-scenes videos of conservators at work; videos from conservation conferences along with supporting materials such as slide decks and transcripts; and videos on related topics from international conservation organizations and museum conservation and scientific research departments. These resources are currently difficult or impossible for users to find online.

The resource is modeled on the groundbreaking ArtBabble site developed and launched by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009. ArtBabble gathers video contributed by museums and arts organizations in a free online resource that promotes an educational interactive experience for art enthusiasts, students, and professionals. The successes of ArtBabble and the Smarthistory project—which relies on video storytelling to communicate the history of Western art—have demonstrated the value of video as a medium for teaching and learning in the museum community.

Conservation Reel builds on the achievements of those projects to develop a resource that will focus on the specific needs of museum and conservation professionals.

About the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of its founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

About the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC)

Founded in 2008 by the Legler Benbough Foundation, BPOC supports 27 cultural institutions in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Its mission is to: facilitate and execute a fundamental change in the way museums, cultural arts and science institutions in Balboa Park approach the use of online technology by making online technology an integral part of the way the institutions fulfill their missions, interact with patrons, and collaborate; improve their technology capabilities while reducing costs by bringing organizations with similar needs together on mutually beneficial projects; and allow smaller institutions the benefit of having technology systems of the same quality as larger organizations, who in turn benefit from streamlined expenditures.

About the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC)

BACC is a nonprofit regional conservation center devoted to the preservation of material culture. The Center serves both institutions and private collectors in the western region of the United States with an approach to collections care that is comprehensive and broad based. The conservators on staff are highly trained and well qualified to provide services such as environmental evaluation and storage design, the formulation and implementation of complex treatments for works on paper and paintings, and technical analysis in support of art historical study. BACC also operates the Western Region Field Service Program (WRFSP), which currently provides museums and historical organizations with workshops in basic preservation theory and practice, on-site preservation planning surveys, consultation of specific preservation issues, and reference and technical inquiry response services.