The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. MCI combines knowledge of materials and the history of technology with state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects.
The Iraqi Institute for Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in partnership with MCI posted a series of YouTube videos titled Introduction to Fundamentals in Heritage Conservation in English, Arabic and Kurdish. The videos are an adaptation of on-site training the Smithsonian Institution (SI) has been doing at the Iraqi Institute since 2014. When Covid stopped on-site training, SI and the Iraqi Institute coordinated the production of the videos. Over 10 different videos, Iraqi cultural heritage sector colleagues explain what they do at their jobs and SI staff introduce the topics of heritage conservation taught at the Iraqi Institute.
The project was supported by the SI Office of International Relations and Smithsonian Enterprises with funding from the Getty Foundation.
Color analysis of the 1918 first US airmail stamp
MCI scientists Thomas Lam and Edward Vicenzi forged a collaboration with National Postal Museum's historian Susan Smith and conservator Scott Devine to analyze the colors in the 1918 Curtiss Jenny 24 cent airmail stamp.