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Malcolm Collum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Engen Conservation Chair and Chief Conservator
Virginia, Chantilly
Malcolm Collum is the Engen Conservation Chair at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and has been the Chief Conservator since 2008. He has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College. Further studies were conducted at the National Museum of Science and Industry, London, England and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1996, Collum took a position at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where he became Senior Conservator. 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. 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.