CONSERVATION OF 19TH CENTURY BOTANICAL TEACHING AIDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TARTU

Aastakäik: 
Anno 2017/2018
Rubriik: 
Conservation

Anne Arus

University of Tartu Art Museum   anne.arus@ut.ee

 

The presentation examines the process of conservation of the botanical models in the collection of the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and the Botanical Gardens in 2014–2015. The botanical models are historical teaching aids produced around 1866–1875 by the company of a German model-maker Robert Brendel (c. 1821–1898). The presentation describes the models’ origin, condition and conservation, which aimed to ensure their preservation and suitability for display. A total of nine models on six separate stands were treated. This was the first time such models were conserved in Estonia.