On May 28th, we stopped in Buffalo on our way to Niagara Falls with my parents. Philadelphia is much closer to Buffalo than Sacramento is, but it’s still not easy planning an 8 hour drive to tour the Conservation Department, so I took advantage of this trip and made an appointment with James Hamm, paintings conservator. The school semester had already ended, so the halls looked like a ghost town, except for the few students finishing up projects before heading off to summer internships. It was probably a good time to visit, with all of the rooms open and empty, I just would have liked to meet more of the staff.

James was very kind to stay on a Friday afternoon to show Matthew and I around, and he really made the program sound exciting. I was surprised by the great amount of analytical equipment, given that the degree is an MA, not an MSc. It was also nice to see how much more space the paper conservators will have after the third floor renovation–rooms for books and photography, as well as documents and art on paper. It will be interesting to see how the program adapts to the architectural changes, along with the appointment of Patrick Ravines as the new director. Let’s hope I’ll be making a return visit next spring…

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