A carving of an elephant into a giant stone in India. India has an amazing connection with its wildlife and nature, if only the rest of the world could as well. #animal #animals #india #wild #wildlife #nature #mothernature #conservation #love #follow #followme #statue #asia #plant #plants #protect #preservation #oneplanet #educate #education #eco #earth

Ok! Just for Preservation Day, I’m gonna post a thing!

My name is Hannah, and my Hebrew name is Channa (Hannah with the chhh sound!)

Now, I’m not an extremely religious person, I don’t eat kosher, I don’t go to temple every saturday, but that’s just my family! I don’t think it’s such a big deal if we don’t do every tiny little thing we’re supposed to, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. We do like to preserve our family traditions, though! 

Every year at our Seder, we use the same hagaddahs that my family has been using for the past 80 years! And in those, there are specific lines that specific people have to say every seder. Every time. For example, one line says “Lo, this is the bread of affliction!” and my uncle Howard has to say it. I don’t know why, I don’t know how it originated, all I know is that he has to say that line every year. That’s just one of the things my family does in the seder. My mom also has to be the one to open the door for Elijah, and she has to be the one to say the four lines preceding that act. Once again, don’t know why, don’t know when it started, I just go along with it. My Uncle Rod has to hide the afikomen, we use old seder plates that my siblings and I made in Hebrew school when we were 6/7 years old, etc. There are so many more that I can’t even remember, but it just goes to show you that there are a lot of family traditions that we keep up every year!

The bottom line here is that I love my family and all their weird, quirky ways. I’m proud to be Jewish and I’m proud to take part in Preservation Day!

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Museums are banding together to bring attention to an important issue facing artist Michael Heizer’s sculpture CITY in the Nevada Desert. Heizer is nearing completion of his dramatic, monumental sculpture—a massive, 1.5-mile-long collection of abstract forms he has developed over the last 43 years. The land surrounding Heizer’s sculpture has faced numerous threats of development into military testing and nuclear waste sites. Help protect this area to preserve Heizer’s life’s work. 

[Michael Heizer. CITY. Photos by Tom Vinetz, © Triple Aught Foundation]

This is a stećak (monumental medieval tombstone) in front of National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thousands of others are scattered around the country, exposed to bad weather conditions, and worst of all - vandalism. 

Save Cultural Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina is an IndieGoGo project launched to preserve historical heritage and raise awareness of its importance.

This campaign was submitted to MediumAevum,and I’m more than glad to promote it. Little did the organizers know that I am their neighbor (from Serbia) and I know all too well how little (virtually nothing) the government is prepared to spend in an effort to help museums and historians. 

The guys are raising “only” $1.090, so every reblog, if you’re short on money, can help. You can watch their campaign video here:

Or visit their tumblr arheonorg for more info on their mission and projects.

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Mail Rail, Mount Pleasant, London

Short video from ScanLAB documents a detailed 3D capture of a London Underground station as a form of preservation:

A total of 223 terrestrial laser scans were completed to document the existing condition of the Mail Rail site and to digitally preserve the location before major construction work commences. The collected data is intended to form a digital model from which any number of future interactive, visual, animated and immersive experiences can be created for the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Link

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February marks the 500th anniversary of Aldus Manutius’ death, so we’ll be posting blogs about his works throughout the month.

This edition of The Iliad was printed in 1504 by Aldus Manutius. His goal was to print versions of classic works into languages more people could read, and into books people could actually carry around. 

This book is interesting because of all of the conservation efforts it has endured. The piece of paper on the inside of the front cover of the box details the different measures taken, including rebinding the book that was in a broken 19th century binding and pulling, washing and de-acidifying the paper. Conservation efforts today at the University of Iowa are usually less invasive and try to preserve the condition of the binding and paper without changing it, as long as it can still be used. While this book is much sturdier than others of the same age due to its gorgeous new binding, some of the signs of the age of the paper are lost on the reader because of the washing. 

If you’re looking for more information on Aldus Manutius, check out our blog!

-Kelly

Homer.  Homērou Ilias = Homeri Ilias.  [Venice : Aldus, 1504]

PA4018 A2 1504 

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Happy Birthday, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area! 

Designated this day in 2000, more than 45,000 acres of Arizona’s Pima and Santa Cruz counties are protected as a BLM-managed National Conservation Area.  With rolling grasslands and mountain ranges, lush riparian corridors, and the Cienega Creek, the NCA supports a diverse plant and animal community.  

Located in the heart of the Las Cienegas NCA, the historic Empire Ranch Headquarters includes a 22-room adobe and wood-frame building which dates to 1870 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The setting makes it a favorite of classic western film fans. Red River, Duel in the Sun, Hombre, Winchester 73, The Big Country, and many others were filmed on or near the Empire Ranch - still a working cattle ranch to this day.

Learn more about Las Cienegas NCA and the Empire Ranch.

New Preservative Could Save Ancient Ships For Archaeologists

A novel polymer network that soaks into wood and provides artefacts with structural support while simultaneously protecting against biological degradation has been developed by scientists in the UK. The team say the polymer network could be a ‘one-stop’ material for tackling the main issues conservators face when treating and drying historical objects.

Large wooden artefacts such as the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s famous flagship, are currently treated with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) spray to prevent the wood from shrinking as it dries out. PEG works by replacing the water held by cells within the wood, which have been hollowed out over the years by marine bacteria. Read more.