The First day of the 2017 Halden Summer School
Today, was the first day of the fifth summer school project at Fredrikshald theatre.
Image after Vidar Parmer 1965
The group this year consist of two students from the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Torun, Poland, two students from the Technische Hochschule of Technology and Art Sciences in Cologne (Germany) and six students from the University of Oslo, Institute of Archaeology, History and Conservation (Norway).
The task this year is to document, stabilize and conserve two of four borders at the theatre’s new open storage facilities.
The day consisted of a short introduction of the course by Douwtje van der Meulen, and we got a tour of Fredrikshald theatre that is currently undergoing a renovation. Inger Ånnerud Nybøle, who has worked there for more than thirty years, shared her detailed knowledge about the different parts of the building.
Then a lecture about documentation was held by one of our supervisors, Vilde Dalåsen This is something that will be very valuable while writing the conservation report.
The day ended with the moving of the borders from where the museum staff had placed them for us to work on. We placed one up on the stage while the other remained on the main floor. This is where our workstations will be for the next two weeks. Before the move, an Ethafoam support covered by Melinex had to be built in order to support the objects. Just by the initial visual impression of the borders, we noticed a lot of tear and wear. These are some of the challenges we will face in the coming weeks.