Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Save the Wedgwood Museum Campaign - BBC "Midlands Today" 19th October 2010

Friday, 1 October 2010


WEDGWOOD REDUX:  Conservation & Restoration Of Objects In The Beeson &
Buten Collections, Birmingham Museum Of Art


      Margaret K. Burnham, assisted by her husband, James A. Burnham,
will be our guest speakers on Sunday, October 3, 2PM at Springhouse in
Jamaica Plain.

      Even a fine and special Wedgwood piece might need a bit of
clinical attention sometimes.  Returning such pieces to their best
physical and visual condition is an exacting and often fascinating
task.  This talk will offer a small glimpse of how ceramics
conservators go about this, with examples of their discoveries,
problems, and solutions as they treat objects to return them to what
Wedgwood wanted you to see.

      Margaret Burnham has been an Objects Conservator in Private
Practice since 1992.  Currently living in Union, Maine, she
specializes in the treatment of ceramics.  Her clients include
museums, historical societies, dealers, and private collectors.

      Margaret has a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Wayne
State University, and more recently a Postgraduate Degree in the
Conservation of Ceramics, Glass & Related Materials from West Dean
College in England, including an internship at the British Museum.

      She has worked at the Henry Ford Museum, and Birmingham Museum
of Art, and is currently Contract Conservator for the Birmingham
Museum of Art, concentrating on the treatment of the Beeson & Buten
Collections of Wedgwood.

      Margaret is a member of AIC (American Institute for the
Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works).

      Margaret will be assisted by her husband,

James A. Burnahm.  Jim is semi-retired, and works with his wife
Margaret in her practice.  He has been an Objects Conservator since
the 1970's.

Jim holds degrees in History from the University of Utah and Michigan
State University, and completed the training program in
Three-Dimensional Objects at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  He was
Chief Conservator for the Milwaukee Public Museum, and Henry Ford
Museum, before becoming Executive Director of Sloss Furnaces National
Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.

Margaret & Jim are members of the Wedgwood International Seminar.

As always, unless otherwise specified, meetings of the Wedgwood
Society of Boston are open to the public.  For directions to
Springhouse, go to