Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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Exhibit Support: Hampton Roads Naval Museum


Conservation Branch staff working on Vietnam War exhibit artifacts.

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


NHHC Director Sam Cox cuts the grand opening ribbon with the assistance of a Conservation Branch employee.

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


Two conservation professionals working on restoring a 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


USS Taylor under glass.

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


USS Vestal Bell showing one side restored and one side not restored.

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.


Published: Tue Feb 16 08:29:44 EST 2021