LAMPHHS Education Committee presents

In Conversation: Shelburne Museum’s Pharmaceutical Collection and Inventory Project

Join the LAMPHHS Education Committee for an event on handling medical history collections with Anna Fowler and Nancie Ravenel. This event focuses on a case study of the implementation of an inventorying project of a pharmaceutical collection and potential hazards.Shelburne Museum holds an extensive pharmaceutical and medical history collection dating between the 18th and 21st centuries, including chemicals, formulated products, and paraphernalia. Anna Fowler, former Collections Technician, and Nancie Ravenel, Director of Collections & Conservation, discuss the 2020-2023 pharmaceutical collection and inventory project. They will cover the project design and execution, hazards within the collection, lessons learned, insight gained, and useful resources.đź“… Date: August 8, 2024
đź•› Time: 12-1:30 PM EST
đź“Ť Location: Online (Zoom)

Meet our Speakers!

Anna Fowler (she/her)
Curatorial Technician, Bell Museum, St Paul, MN
Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Colorado State University and her master’s degree in Museology/Museum Studies from University College London. She has worked with widely varying institutions and collections, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where she was first introduced to the challenges of handling hazardous substances in museum collections. Several years later, she began work at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, where she was hired to inventory and catalog the expansive pharmaceutical and medical collection held in the Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Offices over the course of two and a half years.

Nancie Ravenel (she, her, hers)
Director of Collections & Conservation, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Nancie received her master's degree in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum and she is a Professional Member and Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. Following fellowships and contract positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, she joined the staff at the Shelburne Museum as associate conservator 26 years ago. She served in a day-to-day advisory capacity to Anna Fowler on the Museum's Pharmaceutical Collection inventory, and was promoted to Director of Collections and Conservation in June 2023.

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