Richard Branyan - Director

Lower Lodge Conservation and Museum Services

Richard Branyan, Natchez, MS 39120 

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Richard Branyan
Director of Conservation
Lower Lodge Conservation and Museum Services

  Founded in 1993

Lower Lodge Conservation specializes in the repair, conservation, upholstery of wooden objects and furniture.
Lower Lodge offers full upholstery using documented fabrics or fabrics of the clients choice.
We also dismantle conserve, rewire and install historic chandeliers.     
Lower Lodge can examine, document and catalog wooden objects, furniture, and clocks.
Write treatment reports for wooden objects and furniture.
Assess collections and advise on environmental conditions to minimize deterioration.
Research appropriate designs for the restoration and replacement of missing areas of furniture by using well documented examples.   
Inspect furniture for signs of authenticity of fraud. 
Perform extensive restorations, repairing and replacing missing moldings, turnings, carvings, inlays and  marquetry.
Experienced with veneers, tortoiseshell, ivory, leather and other materials.
Treat and stabilize damaged finishes.     
Design and construct crates for transport of art objects.
Write and present lectures on conservation
Present workshops on museum cataloging and object marking. 
Richard Branyan trained in England at University of London's College of Furniture. 
After college he worked for a well known London conservation business.
Richard treated furniture from Royal Collections, historic palaces, private collections, and for major London Antique dealers.
Conserved a wide variety of furniture ranging from Elizabethan to Art Deco, including English, European, Asian and American Furniture.
Made modern designed and reproduction furniture for clients including the Prince of Oman and London and New York decorators.
Helped restore, deliver and install furniture for the Royal Tent at Windsor Castle for His Highness Prince Phillip's Birthday Party.
Professional Development
American Institute for Conservation, Annual Conference,
1999, 2004, 2005
American Association of Museums, Annual Conference,
1997, 2000, 2001, 2004
American Association for State and Local History,
Annual Conference, 2000
Mississippi Museums Association, Annual Conference,
2001, 2003, 2004
Southeastern Museums Conference,
1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003
Natchez Antiques Forum, 1993-2003
Object Marking Workshop - Registrars Committee AAM, 1997
Louisiana Art Conservation Alliance, 
"A Night to Remember: Preserving the Titanic." 1997
United Kingdom Institute of Conservation,
Annual Conference, 1989
Lectures Conducted
Dozens of Lectures presented on Conservation, Disaster Preparation/Recovery, Furniture and Antiques.
Volunteer Service
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Conservation Project Support, Field Reviewer for conservation grants since 1998
NEH & IMLS, Field Reviewer for Conservation grants,
American Treasures since 2002
Treasurer for the Wooden Artifacts group of the
American Institute for Conservation, 2003-2005
Provided advice to the Biedenharn Museum and to Beauvoir after arson attacks in 2004 
Provided emergency conservation support at the Arlington Mansion (Natchez) after a severe fire, 2002
Professional Memberships
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
(elected a Professional Associate 1997)
(Treasurer AIC wooden Artifacts Group, 2003 - 2005)
Southeastern Regional Conservation Alliance (SERCA)
Louisiana Art Conservation Alliance (LACA)
American Association of Museums (AAM)
Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)
Mississippi Museums Conference (MMA)
Dealing with Flood Damage on Furniture - provided to the public at workshops after Katrina, 2005
SEMC Session Review, SERA News, December 2002
Conservation Corner, HHMAG RAG, August 2001
AAM Session Review, SERA News, July 2001
Press Appearances
Featured on numerous TV programs, and in more than a dozen newspapers, & magazines.
Other Memberships
Rotary Club International, member since 1996
(Multiple "Paul Harris Fellow", former board member and Sgt.-at-Arms)
Natchez Opera Festival, former board member
Natchez Historical Society - President, 2004 - 2006
The Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award, 1982
Epsom College, Woodworking Prize 1983
Epsom College, Graham Sutherland Art Prize 1983
Certificate of Appreciation, Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, MS 2001
Certificate of Appreciation, Mississippi Governor's Mansion, Jackson, MS 2007    

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We are proud members of the following organizations:

American Institute for Conservation

American Association of Museums

Southeastern Museums Conference

Mississippi Museums Association  


Flood damaged historic church pulpit,  Before and After Conservation

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