Sculpture and Decorative Arts Conservation Service

Chief Conservator Barbara Mangum at the Eliot Burying Ground 2005

Chief Conservator Barbara Mangum at the Eliot Burying Ground 2005

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Barbara Mangum
9 Josephine Ave.
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144

Phone: 617-331-7726

About this Firm

Barbara Mangum is the owner of Sculpture and Decorative Arts Conservation Services LLC, which was founded in June of 2000. She brings to this position over 26 years of experience in the conservation of works of art and artifacts. Clients include Harvard University, Cambridge Historical Society, the cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Bedford, the Peabody-Essex Museum; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Goody, Clancy and Associates, Architects; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as well as many private individuals. Her studio is located at 18 Joy Street in the Brickbottom area of Somerville, easily accessible to I-93.
Mrs. Mangum is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and adheres to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. With the aid of her professional contacts in the area of scientific analysis, work is performed at a level equal to the most highly equipped and reputable museum conservation departments in the country. The firm is fully bonded and insured.

Before and After Treatment Images of "Embrace" by Carlos Melitos

Before and After Treatment Images of "Embrace" by Carlos Melitos

About the Principal

Mrs. Mangum holds a BA in chemistry and art history cum laude from Vanderbilt University (1977), a MFA from the State University College at Oneonta in NY and a certificate in the Conservation of Historical Artifacts and Art from the prestigious Cooperstown Graduate Program (1983). She was further granted a certificate in the conservation of objects from the Center for Technical Studies in the Field of Fine Arts at Harvard University in 1983 and undertook advanced internships at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.


Conservation treatment of sculpture, monuments, memorials, decorative arts, ethnographic and archaeological objects

Writing of specifications for treatment

Surveys of condition assessment

Environmental analysis

Consulting for collection care needs, emergency preparedness, and grant requests for preservation funds.

Recent Projects

deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, Restoration of a large plaster sculpture of Aphrodite de la Terreur and restoration of a small bronze of Apollo with a Machine Gun, both by David Finlay, 2014

Town of Springvale, ME, Richard Vines Plaque, Patination, Coating, Backing, Filling and Inpainting of a copper relief plaque, 2014.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, Restoration of three Civil War marble monuments and two sandstone gravemarkers, 2013-2014

Town of Stoneham, MA, Restoration and stabilization of the 1865 marble gravemarker of Colonel Gould, 2014

Norwich, CT, Memorial sculpture of Sarah Osgood, restoration of the bronze statue, 2011-2013

Harvard Business School, Alston, MA, Conservation of "Search", a 21' tall bronze sculpture by John Safer, 2013