The Conservation Branch undertook conservation treatments to stabilize artifacts for display in support of the HRNM exhibit, The Ten Thousand-Day War at Sea: The U.S. Navy in Vietnam, 1950-1975. (Click on photo to learn more about this exhibit.)
Conservation Laboratory: Grand Opening
The Conservation Branch achieved a major milestone in the official opening of the conservation laboratory at the Collection Management Facility (CMF) in Richmond, Virginia:
Artifact Case Study: USS Utah Bell
For the 76th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Conservation Branch treated the ship’s bell of the USS Utah, which bore witness when the ship was struck by torpedoes and capsized in the raid.
Artifact Case Study: Rehousing the USS Taylor Flag
Rehousing the rediscovered flag from the USS Taylor using archival framing techniques meant it could be safely transported and reunited with veterans from the ship’s crew.
Artifact Case Study: USS Vestal Ship's Bell
For the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Conservation Branch treated the ship’s bell of USS Vestal, which had been anchored next to USS Arizona on 7 December 1941.