Conserving wallpaper at Castle Tucker
December 19, 2011
Two members of Historic New England's collection services staff, Michaela Neiro and Adam Osgood, recently performed wallpaper conservation on-site at Castle Tucker. Due to moisture infiltration and age, the historic paper had begun to separate from the wall along its seams. Michaela and Adam used stainless steel tacks to secure strips of acid-free mat board to temporarily stabilize the wallpaper until the moisture problem can be addressed.
Michael and Adam performed this treatment in four rooms, where it will help prevent further damage to the Victorian wallpaper and the objects below. They also removed a nineteenth-century Chinese parasol that will be reproduced and re-hung in the spring.