Hello and welcome to this site! My name is Lauren Fair, and I'm the Associate Objects Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library. I also serve as Assistant Affiliated Faculty for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). These two amazing organizations and programs are committed to advancing the arts, preserving world cultural heritage, and sharing that knowledge through teaching and public engagement. I feel lucky to be a part of them. If you don't know much about art conservation and would like to, click on the link above or here to know more!
I first found out about conservation on a semester abroad in Spain. From then on I knew it was the path for me. After getting my B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware, I went on to pursue a Master's in conservation, which I received from WUDPAC in 2010. My previous work experiences have included the treatment of gilded frames and furniture for the U.S. Capitol and White House, Philadelphia outdoor public sculpture, and yearlong internships at Winterthur Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Upon joining the Winterthur staff in 2012, I became responsible for the care and maintenance of collection objects, garden sculpture, historic building elements and our museum’s historic automobile (a 1927 Rolls Royce!). I also help oversee radiographic imaging for the museum and documentation for the conservation department. As affiliated faculty for WUDPAC, I supervise second- and third-year objects majors, and teach in the first-year Inorganic Block, which covers the conservation of glass, ceramics, stone, and metals.
In addition to my work at Winterthur and UD, I am also the newly appointed Coordinator for the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group, a post which affords me the opportunity to connect internationally with my colleagues in ceramics and glass conservation. My research interests have included 18th-19th-century Staffordshire enamel technology, stain reduction techniques for the conservation treatment of ceramics, and ‘ajami decoration techniques of Damascene interiors.