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13 June 2020

Gilding and Historic Paint Effects

  • Workshop

(Age group 6-18 years/Time: 11.30am/County Antrim)

Look at some of the painted and gilded objects we conserve and restore in our studio. You will see us: removing carbons from a fire damaged 170 year old painting; making rabbit skin glue; repairing a snails horn and applying palladium leaf to door architraves.

We also work in old buildings from the Crown Pub, Belfast to the Kremlin Palace, Moscow recording details of damaged painted and gilded surfaces. This helps us understand more about the causes of damage and how we can stabilise and repair it.

We do a lot of detective work to find out the history of a building and it’s previous owners, so we research and ask a lot of questions. It’s an important and rewarding job protecting and caring for historical objects and buildings as they are such a very important piece of our history. So join us for some fun and take the opportunity to ask us questions during this live workshop about what we do and how to become a conservator.

This 30-minute live on-screen workshop will be delivered by Ruth Bothwell of Decowell, County Antrim. The workshop is being presented on behalf of the Irish Georgian Society and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

To join Ruth’s 30-minute live conservation artifact, gilding and historic paint effects craft and conservation workshop, click on the link below to join in.

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Online Event

13 Jun 2020

11.30AM - 12.00PM

Age range

All ages