The UP Arts Objects Conservation facility works within the Department of UP Arts conserving the art and heritage collections of the University of Pretoria.
The facility’s mission is to serve the University by advancing the understanding of the science of interventive objects-conservation and communicating the results of objects-based research to all audiences through publication and exhibition, as well as providing a practical training ground for students. The facility is headed by two objects conservators: Sian Tiley-Nel, Chief Curator of the Mapungubwe Collection, and Isabelle Barrier Objects Conservator. Although both are trained as archaeologists, they are also trained heritage conservators, serving as members of the South African Guild of Ceramic Conservators and Restorers.
The facility services all the UP Art and Heritage Collections, predominantly those of the Mapungubwe collection, Edoardo Villa collection, Anton Van Wouw collection and the Van Tilburg collection, as well as the University of Pretoria’s vast other permanent collections. The conservation facility offers specialised preventative and interventive conservation (remedial) treatment, including professional advice on a range of materials from low-fired ceramics, including porcelain and china, stone, bone, ivory, glass, metals, to plaster. Professional museum collections management practices such as conservation of storage and displays are also managed by the Facility, which also serves as an official heritage curation facility.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.
Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
On 9 September 2014, UPís Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UPís Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.