In the 19th century, hair art was a popular way to remember loved ones. Regarded with sentimental affection, human hair was made into jewelry and wreaths or stored in albums. As it ages, hair becomes brittle and fragile and when locks of hair are bound into an album the result is a particularly complex object.
Join conservator Mary French as she discusses her conservation work on a 19th century hair album. Drawing on book, textile, and objects conservation techniques, she created an innovative and fully reversible treatment to stabilize the hair locks and reattach them to the support leaves and repaired the binding without causing further damage to the hair.