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11 July 2003

A world expert on photo conservation will talk about preserving family photos, especially those damaged by fire, at the National Museum next Wednesday evening.

After her talk, Debra Hess Norris, chair and director of the University of Delaware's Program in Art Conservation, will give personal advice on how to revive photos.

'This is sure to be of interest to Canberrans whose photos were damaged by the January bushfires,' says National Museum exhibitions conservator Detlev Lueth.

'All are invited to bring along their photos for specific advice from Debra.'

Nora Kennedy, conservator of photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will join Ms Hess in advising on individual photos.

Both experts are in Canberra for an intensive week-long workshop on advanced photographic techniques for curators and conservation specialists from across Australasia, beginning on Monday, July 14 at the National Archives.

The workshop is one of several organised by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials, funded by a grant from the Getty Grant Program.

WHAT: Free public talk and workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 2003, 6 8.45pm

WHERE: SAS Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Bookings are essential, on (02) 6208 5021.

For interviews and media enquiries, please contact Sandy Forbes at the National Museum on (02) 6208 5338, 0402 064 653 or

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