31th of July
The 31th of July marks the beginning of a two week intensive conservation program.
All the participants on the Summer School 2016
During the Summer School of 2016 five Polish, two German and Three Norwegian students are introduced to the conservation of one of Frederikshald's theatre sceneries from 1838. The students and their supervisors come from the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Torun (Poland), the Technische Hochschule of Technology and Art Sciences in Cologne (Germany) and the University of Oslo, Institute of Archaeology, History and Conservation (Norway). The Project is given additional assistance by the Museum Foundation of Østfold County.
The students are divided into three groups. Each group is given specific tasks that relate to the different scenery parts: a backdrop, side wings and borders. The backdrop group consists of three members, and we started off by examining if any changes had occurred since the previous summer school, approximately one year ago.
The first day consisted of gathering mappings of the previous consolidation treatments from 2012, 2014 and 2015. Some time was spent on understanding the previous treatments and what still remained to be done.
Small particles were found on the floor, beneath the backdrop. With the help of a Dino-lite, a handheld digital microscope, the particles were identified as mainly dirt and some small paint flakes. This indicates that previous treatments were successful. Tomorrow we will continue the consolidation treatment of the powdery paint layers on the front of the canvas with sturgeon glue. This water-based glue is sprayed in a controlled and careful manner onto the canvas with an airbrush to ensure proper adhesion between the paint and the canvas.