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Lunch and Learn: Why is a Walters Conservator Blogging from Iraq?

Date
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time
12:15 PM–01:15 PM

In 2005 Terry Drayman-Weisser was asked to help save fragile, damaged and deteriorating ancient ivories in Iraq.  These ivories, considered some of the greatest treasures of ancient Mesopotamia, could not leave Iraq, and travel for Americans to Iraq at that time was too dangerous. So in 2006 two Iraqi conservators quietly arrived for training in the Walters conservation lab. This experience revealed to Drayman-Weisser the great need for conservation training in Iraq, where conservators had been isolated from their international professional colleagues during the rule of Saddam Hussein.  When a request came from the State Department in 2008 to join a partnership to establish a conservation training institute in Iraq, and to consult on the refurbishment of the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Drayman-Weisser did not hesitate to accept.  This talk will tell the story of the development of the Institute, as well as share personal observations about the challenges and rewards along the way.

Add to Calendar 04-05-2012 12:15:00 04-05-2012 13:15:00 15 Lunch and Learn: Why is a Walters Conservator Blogging from Iraq? Terry Drayman-Weisser, Walters Director of Conservation and Technical Research has made three trips to Iraq in the past sixteen months. She traveled there to train Iraqis to preserve very fragile and badly damaged ancient Nimrud ivories, and blogged about her observations along the way. In this talk she will speak about her experiences in Iraq and about how she became a partner in an effort to create a national Iraqi Institute for Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage. 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201 (The Walters Art Museum) The Walters Art Museum info@thewalters.org false DD/MM/YYYY

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