Conservators Lending a Hand

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courtesy of Julia Brennan

Image: courtesy of Julia Brennan

IIC is collecting stories and examples of how you, our fellow conservators, private practices, and heritage institutions have been serving your communities during the pandemic. Are you making masks, donating PPE supplies, collecting food, or boosting morale in your neighborhood? Snap a picture and send us your story!

Textiles conservator Julia Brennan and her Washington DC based company Caring for Textiles have put together a blog post all about the history of mask use, current mask makers, and fantastic initiatives during the current pandemic.

Image courtesy of Fran Baas

Fran Baas and Elena Torok, both objects conservators at the Dallas Museum of Art, are donating their homemade cotton masks to their local hospital (Baylor University Medical Center)! “They are practically our next door neighbor!” says Fran. They are also sending masks to a local women’s organisation and the Navajo Nation.

Images courtesy of Pam Johnson, taken by Pam and Josh Summer


Images courtesy of Pam Johnson, taken by Pam and Josh Summer

Pam’s handmade masks have been donated to several different organisations that are in need in New York City, including hospitals, homeless shelters, grocery store employees, volunteers at animal shelters, and a community organization. She has also made several for friends. Pam is associate paintings conservator at Modern Art Conservation, a private practice in New York City.

Images courtesy of LeeAnn Gordon

LeeAnn Gordon, associate conservator in objects conservation at the MFA Boston, is seen here sewing masks for her extended family in Canada, the families of two co-workers, herself and her husband.



Amrasha Khandelwal, a post graduate student of archaeology and heritage management in Delhi India, is seen here with her whole family, putting together masks, assembly-line style.

Meanwhile in Spain, two schools have been donating gloves to the health service:

A donation from Escuela superior de conservación y restauración de bienes culturales de Madrid -

And another from Escola superior de conservación e restauración de bens culturais de Galicia -