Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Malcolm Collum in the Engen Conservation Chair and has been the Chief Conservator at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum since 2008. Trained as a conservator of fine art, Collum applies the same preservation philosophies and methodologies utilized in the art world towards the conservation of historic technological artifacts. He has a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from SUNY, Buffalo, New York. Collum also studied at the National Museum of Science and Industry (London, England), The Denver Art Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1996, Collum took a position at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where he became senior conservator and was responsible for the automotive, aviation, horological, paintings, and scientific instrument collections.
In his current position at the National Air and Space Museum, he works with conservators, curators, and restoration specialists to devise appropriate preservation methodologies for aerospace artifacts in the national collection. His goal is to highlight the benefits of technical analysis and conservation research and to merge this work into the more traditional realms of restoration. Collum has conducted numerous seminars, written several articles, and frequently lectures on ethical concerns and other unique issues related to preserving historic technology.
Monday, May 20
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Monday, May 20
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, May 21
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM