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Winterthur conservators and scientists have pioneered research into the preservation and technical analysis of art and artifacts from the museum’s collections and beyond. Their published work has directly influenced the fields of art conservation, the history of art, the history of technology, anthropology, and archaeology.

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Managing Mercury
From the end of the 15th to the mid-19th century, tin-mercury amalgams…

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Masking a Stain
This rare, red-on-white printed handkerchief from the late 18th century shows General…

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Uncovering Undercover Toxins
After discovering arsenic in some vintage books, a conservator spreads the word on safety. …

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Bright Red or Scarlet?
Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands:…

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Fifty Years of Remarkable Science
Did you know that Winterthur might have saved Lady Liberty from ruin? That it…

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Conservation Clinic
Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!…

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Objects Conservation
The Objects Conservation Lab is responsible for the care of more than…

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Paintings Conservation
The Paintings conservator is responsible for the care of more than 380…

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Textiles Conservation
Textile conservators at Winterthur are responsible for about 20,000 objects such as…

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Furniture Conservation
The Furniture Conservation Lab cares for and treats about 9,000 pieces of furniture…

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Paper Conservation
Paper conservation cares for almost 5,000 prints and drawings, including some of the…

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Books and Library Material Conservation
This conservation lab is responsible for the care of collections in the Winterthur…

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Photographic Documentation
Documentation is part of every conservation assessment or treatment. Photographic documentation—the creation…

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