To provide opportunities for young conservation graduates to gain experience in the conservation field, the Conservation Office recently received Mr. Wang Meng-shi and Miss Kong Ka-Ian, Christina as our conservation interns in 2017.
As a postgraduate student studying a Master's programme in Conservation at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Mr Wang had a keen interest in the conservation of Chinese and Buddha paintings. He practised Chinese painting conservation, using both traditional Chinese and Japanese conservation techniques. During his 6-week internship in our Painting Unit from August to September 2017, he assisted in the conservation and a research of a Chinese calligraphy from the Qing dynasty by going through the process from condition inspection, testing and analysis to mounting and framing of the calligraphy.
Miss Kong Ka-Ian, Christina is a postgraduate student of the Master's programme of Cultural Materials Conservation in the University of Melbourne. She spent 6 weeks with the Historical Document Unit and Painting Unit to practice conservation of archival material and traditional mounting technique for Chinese scrolls, and conducted fibre analysis on paper conservation material from December 2017 to January 2018. She did a fibre study on a range of paper commonly used for conserving paper-based materials, and conserved a calendar poster dated 1910 and a portrait.