Conservator's Corner: White Lead Carbonate


Event details

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William Penn Foundation.

Senior Paper Conservator Heather Hendry will discuss various methods of treatment for discolored white lead carbonate. Frequently used to create highlights or bright opaque whites, lead carbonate can react with hydrogen sulphide in the air, resulting in black, gray, or orangish discoloration. Chemical conversion can restore the white appearance, but a conservator must carefully consider many factors to determine the selection, delivery method, and clearance of the oxidizing agent. This presentation will discuss the science behind conversion and show several treatment approaches that have been used at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Meant for practicing conservators, questions and discussion will follow the presentation.

About the Speaker:

Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, CCAHA

As Senior Paper Conservator, Heather Hendry meets with clients, assesses condition and treatment needs, documents findings in reports, and treats a wide range of objects, from parchment to printed materials. She also develops and presents targeted preservation education workshops for institutions.

Heather is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Prior to joining the staff of CCAHA in 2015, Heather maintained a private practice outside of Philadelphia for five years. She also worked as a paper conservator at the Canadian Conservation Institute, the Yale Center for British Art, and Harvard University Libraries’ Weissman Preservation Center. She completed conservation internships at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the National Gallery of Canada. Heather received a MA in Art Conservation, specializing in Paper Conservation, from Queen’s University in Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Lethbridge in Canada.