A visit to the Alaska State Conservation lab, January 27, 2009. There are two main areas, we call them the “wet lab” and the “dry lab.” Until just a few years ago, the entire conservation operation was located in the wet lab area.
The conservation reference library. Boxes in front contain duplicates, slanted board is a control mock-up for a Butvar consolidation test.
These shelves contain samples of various natural materials for testing as well as completed Oddy tests, examples of various pests for IPM, and a lovely heat spatula tool with beautiful silver tips. The boxes in front contain freezer kits for low temperature storage of the photos associated with the herbarium collection.
Cutting area for boxmaking and storage supports, conservation office area.
6' x 6' treatment area of two chemical resistant resin-topped tables. Floor stand stereobinocular microscope is currently being used to help remove a dessicated moldy onion from a ledger book. Portable fume hood is located between the two sinks. Two fur parkas are undergoing fur ID and tear repair.
New Olympus BX51 polarized light microscope in use for the fur ID project.
Conservation files for reference, records, and treatments since 1976. There's a small dental vacuum in the pic too.
The photo area is conveniently located just next to the conservation office area.
This is the so-called "wet lab" with the lab oven, scale, main sinks and some PEG experiments on the counter.
On risers on the floor are natural history items, mainly minerals, with no numbers. When I finish the natural history survey, I should know if these are "missing" or perhaps need to be accessioned. Hanging plug goes to the UV light.
Basket undergoing treatment, many boxes of shipwreck artifacts desalinating, humidity chamber on top shelf, fume hood, yellow solvent cabinet on far side of fume hood, preservation pencil and various treatment supplies.
Here is the lab fridge, another stereobinocular microscope, and the nebulizer I've been using for consolidation tests.
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