So, what does a conservator-on-the-go typically need to consult onsite? Since I happen to be a fan of the Flickr group Whats in Your Bag , I thought I’d use that model to show you. The bag itself is a cute little case rescued from the trash bin of a long-ago leather conservation research project and lined with scrap alkaline paper; also I tested some new leather treatments from this past decade on it. Now on to what's inside.
In individual baggies, I have pH Strips to test acidity, very thin blotter/chromatography paper for testing solubility of ink or stains, and (below the case) blotter packs for drying the areas that have been wetted for these tests with a tiny vial of deionized water.
Not pictured are my digital camera, pocket microscope with light, condition exam forms. Perhaps I’ve outgrown my bag? Not really. These last items for photo documentation and recording notes can all be done now with my mobile phone, if I really want to. But sometimes a paper and pencil is still just the best thing, right?