Visitors to The Bowes Museum will be able to watch a team of conservators and curators from distinguised institutions across the UK at work on the Silver Swan next month.
The group will be assessing the iconic 248 year old automaton as they come up with a variety of long term maintenance plans and consider the best way forward to conserve it for future generations to enjoy.
They will take part in half hour daily question and answer sessions at midday from Tueday 5 October until Friday 8 October, where visitors can quiz them on their progress.
There is also the opportunity for people to join in two different Zoom discussions where, on Wednesday 6 October from 6 – 7pm, they can put a question to the conservators and curators as they consider the automaton, its conservation, curation and future.
Then young people and the local community are encouraged to tell the Museum what the Silver Swan means to them in the second informal Zoom session on Thursday 7th October from 2 - 3pm, where the conservators and curators will explain how the Silver Swan works and discuss how it could be displayed in the future.
Tickets for these events are available on the Museum's website. Questions or comments you'd like submitted to them can be sent in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org