Strategies for Removing or Masking Old Museum Accession Numbers


Jennifer Kim, Objects Conservator at Los Angeles Art Conservation, and Evelynn Bird, Conservation Intern at NMAI, review historic and current methods for marking identifying numbers onto items, as well as ways to remove them when needed. They discuss the potential risks to different materials when removing numbers and labels, identify when safe removal or masking of the marking is possible, and demonstrate methods for doing so. This video was filmed at the 2022 ATALM annual conference held in Temecula, California on October 25-27, 2022.