This week we welcomed a new conservation intern to the Polar Museum!
Ronja Fröhlich has joined us from the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin, where she is studying for a degree in the conservation of modern materials. Before she started her degree, she did a year-long internship, working partly with a conservator in private practice, and partly at the film museum in Potsdam, treating objects as diverse as film projectors, photographs and a Hastings aeroplane from the late 1940s! Since then, she has worked on a new display at the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, a memorial on the site of a former Stasi detention centre in East Berlin, as well as a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century objects and vehicles.
Ronja will be with us for three months, working alongside the conservators on a range of projects. She has already been busy carrying out our quarterly inspection of pest traps around the Museum and Institute buildings, and next week she will begin rehousing our extensive (and diverse) collection of goggles. After that, we will be drawing on her expertise in modern materials when we assess the condition of our scientific collections at the Polar Museum. Here she is discussing conservation adhesives with Sophie, in our conservation lab:
We’re really looking forward to having Ronja with us for the next few months. She will be posting about some of these projects on the blog soon!