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Charles Moore

Preservation Society of Newport County
Conservator (Retired)
Portsmouth, RI
Charles Jeffers Moore (Jeff) Mr. Moore was trained and employed for eleven years as a cabinetmaker - the last three years as Chief Carpenter of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Starting as the Furniture Conservator, and most recently Chief Conservator, he was employed at the Preservation Society of Newport County for 31 years. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation and completed his graduate work in the Furniture Conservation Training Program at the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Analytical Laboratory, where he was one of five Fellows. Mr. Moore was responsible for the conservation treatment of furniture, wooden objects, frames, hardware, architectural metals and ornament, and the analysis and treatment of gilded and painted surfaces. He was most recently Project Director/Conservator for the conservation treatment of large 18th century Chinese export lacquer panels used in 1901 as wall paneling at The Elms, one of the Preservation Society’s historic house museums. He has spoken and written widely on the project, participated in advanced study at the Getty/Yale RAdICAL workshop, and retains a sincere fascination with Asian lacquer. Mr. Moore has lectured to conservators, preservation professionals, students, and other interested groups; has served as adjunct faculty in the Roger Williams University’s Historic Preservation Program; and has facilitated workshops in disaster planning, historic housekeeping, and integrated pest management. A Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, in 2005 he served as Chairman of the AIC’s Wooden Artifacts Group. He is retired from the Preservation Society but continues to do limited work in private practice.


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