Author: namitajaspal

Namita Jaspal, with inherited skills of art and aesthetics and passion for science, opted to pursue post- graduation in ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ after her graduation in Science from Delhi University in 1992. Four year intense training at National Museum Institute provided the right foundation to start a career in Conservation. She is currently practicing conservation consultancy for Heritage property including monuments and collections. She has been doing independent research in conservation techniques and procedures in Indian context. She is currently working on the conservation of wall-paintings of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden temple at Amritsar. The project is nearing completion and getting a lot of appreciation for the organized and ethical treatment it is providing. It is for the first time in the history of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden Temple) that wall painting conservation and preservation is being done in a scientific manner, keeping the codes of Ethics into consideration while decision making. Another project just completed is of the Conservation of Krishna Temple at Kishankot, Gurdaspur, Punjab. In her private Conservation Laboratory, she is not only providing onservation services, but also mentoring young aspiring conservators and archaeologists by the way of training and paid internships. She has been a guest lecturer at DIHRM (Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management). With all the updated knowledge database and innovative practical approaches relevant to the Indian conditions, she could successfully do curative and preservative treatment of very old textiles like a nine feet long flag from nineteenth century that is regarded as priceless memorabilia of second Dogra regiment at Chandi Mandir, and four hundred years old (seventeenth century) Chola Sahib Ji of Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji. Apart from this she has done conservation of Photograph collections, archival records, numerous paintings, manuscripts and other cultural objects. She is also involved in preparation of up-gradation proposals for museums and such organizations. Her expertise includes Conservation and preservation technologies and procedures for conservation of varied material like wall paintings, paper, photographs, textile, ceramics, stone, metal and archaeological objects.

Glimpses of Conservation work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (2014- 2017)

   

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Paper and book conservation – Part 8

Once the old damaged binding was opened and stuck up pages of the books (to be treated) were separated/opened-up and the torn pages mended, the information in the books was digitally preserved. This digitization process was done before re-binding because…

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Paper and book conservation – Part 6

Last week we were busy tending each and every folio of the highly damaged and acidic books that we are restoring these days. Following pictures of just one of the books might give an idea of the kind of work…

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Paper and book conservation : Part 5

Among the books being treated in our lab, one is binding of 12 journals from november 1907 to October 1908. Individual pages were mended with skill and patience. They were then joined at the central edge and signatures or journals…

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Curators are the voice of museum objects

Museum objects have so much to say! But their voice is outside their own existence.. Only curators can tell what the objects want to say, to the world, and that message should be correct! Moreover, if an object is being…

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Paper and book conservation – Part 2

Two major problems associated with old paper manufactured during mid nineteenth century onward are: Brittleness Yellowing or darkening Breaking of paper due to brittleness (loss of flexibility to bend without breaking) generally occurs in very old paper which was manufactured…

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Paper and book conservation- Part 1

To understand and master paper conservation, one must understand the composition and manufacturing of paper. The composition of paper and raw material in its making has varied since its invention in 105 AD in China. The timeline of paper manufacturing…

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We need CMP and MAP in place for our museums

Museums are the priceless treasures of our nation. It is our duty and responsibility to take good care of the the tangible culture housed in museums. This cannot be done effectively if we do not have our museums’ CMP (Collections’…

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Art and Culture as Rescue and Business

The kind of involvement it takes to create an art work at the level of mind and senses, makes the activity a form of meditation. The focus and spontaneity required not only keeps the mind free of negative thought process,…

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Government Museums need more Government Care..

Museums are the reflection of any culture or city or a part of art/history. Tourists rarely miss a chance to visit any city’s museum(s) in their travel plans. But, museums are not taken seriously by their own caretaker government departments…

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Securing the flaking-off pieces

There are many methods used to secure the falling of pieces right in the beginning , before we start with other treatment procedures of conservation. These methods are extremely helpful as they allow the conservators work with more confidence while…

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Restoring memories at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji

The beginnings of Art Conservation work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji… Much of the conservation work on the first floor was completed by mid 2014… After this, it took many months for the finishing and doing the added work of…

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A little recording from photograph conservation project of 2014

When we are handling old photographs’ collection, we must understand the simpler as well as the very technical aspects perfectly before starting any minimum or maximum intervention. We also need to keep the preventive storage or display case ready before…

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Silk Conservation (2010)

Condition Assessment: Problems : The silk flag to be treated was very old and hence had deteriorated a lot by intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors. It was shattering at the slightest handling. The major deteriorating factors have been: Silk…

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Basic Management Requirements for Conservation of Tangible Heritage

Conservation of the National Heritage of our country is a very comprehensive study area and can be better dealt with if we take it up at state levels and then pick up the common as well as the unique areas…

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Workshop Concluded

Young and enthusiastic professionals from museums and cultural organizations were our guests last week and we were more than pleased to share our knowledge and understanding about the field of museum, conservation and collection management with them. Ms. Seema Gera,…

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Role of Museum Galleries and Conservation for objects that are disfigured by past restoration attempts

The traditional role of museums is to collect objects and materials of cultural, religious and historical importance, preserve them, research into them and present them to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment. Emmanuel N. Arinze President, Commonwealth Association of Museums Public…

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Sinopia

noun (Colours) a reddish pigment derived from iron ore the preliminary sketch found on a rough underlayer called the arriccio on the wall, underneath the fresco    While treating very old wall paintings, i was surprised to see sinopia showing…

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Brittle canvas with Bad repairs and backing (part 1)

This pair of oil on canvas paintings has brittle canvas that had been repaired in a rush. Lets look into the problems they had, in the following pictures: These torn canvases were repaired with patches of canvas from back, which…

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Planning the next learning activity

We, at Heritage Preservation Atelier invite all those who are interested in learning more about Paper conservation to meet and plan our next practical workshop on paper conservation along with theoretic lessons. Here is what we propose as an initiative….

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Humidification to relax stiff old documents

Humidity relaxes the paper stiffness. This relaxation is important for flattening paper that is out of shape because of folds creases etc. But, there are some questions and doubts about humidifying in the right way: How to humidify without causing…

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Verdigris in paintings on paper

Copper green or verdigris was commonly used in the illustrations of the handwritten manuscripts and miniature paintings on paper. This colour has a beautiful warm effect, but tends to destroy the paper very fast, specially in humid environment. We can…

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Internship Experience – June/July 2017 post 3

Internship is a pathway from studentship to professionalism.  This month’s archival conservation internship started around mid June. After the first day of simple discussion and brain-storming session, the new team learned the basics of archival conservation while working on the…

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