THE IRAQI INSTITUTE FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ANTIQUES AND HERITAGE (IICAH)
The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiques and Heritage preserves cultural identity of artifacts in Iraq by educating people in conservation and preservation.
Thanks to generous funding provided by the U.S. State Department, I am working with colleagues at the University of Delaware to prepare didactics that will be taken to the IICAH and used as teaching aids.
After seeing a compelling lecture given by Jessica Johnson, Head of Conservation at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) in Spring 2018, my classmate Joanna Hurd and I began brainstorming on how we could remotely support the important work being carried out in Iraq. Working with Jessie Johnson, Debbie Hess Norris, and Terry Drayman-Weisser, we formulated a plan to make didactics that could be easily transported to Iraq from Washington, D.C. Currently, Joanna and I are leading a team of graduate students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in making two sets of didactics, one that provides cost effective alternatives to packing and storage materials (e.g. volara, ethafoam), the second that focuses on the preventive care of historical materials, specifically unfired clay (e.g. cuneiform tablets and mud-bricks).