Mission: Winterthur's mission is to preserve and enhance the legacy of its founder, henry francis du pont, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public, including: the care, development, and study of its preeminent collection of decorative and fine arts made or used in america; the enhancement and interpretation of one of america's finest naturalistic gardens; the operation of graduate programs in american material culture and art conservation at the highest academic level; the operation and development of a library to support these important cultural goals; and the preservation of the historically important buildings and grounds.
Programs: Public visitation, membership, and public relations:winterthur hosted 160,931 visitors for tours, educational programs, and special and community events during fy2014. Member households for the year totaled 11,500. 4,615 school children and college students participated in offerings through the public programs department and in addition we provided programs for regional libraries and also teacher training workshops. Garden programs attracted 3,528 participants at 56 programs and events. Winterthur gave approximately 88,330 guided garden tours. Winterthur welcomed new and returning visitors through the presentation of four academic conferences, an intensive two week study program, lecture series on decorative arts, english history, costume history and garden topics, and collection workshops. There were 50 adult programs with an attendance of 3,755. There were also weekly family programs. This year music performances were added to our offerings with over 1,000 people attending. Nearly 3,000 members of the community learned about winterthur through staff lectures at neighboring institutions and special programs. Winterthur dramatically expanded its audience through its exhibition program. This year's special exhibition was costumes of downton abbey based on the popular tv series. It has broken all records for previous exhibition attendance. The exhibition highlights 40 costumes worn on the tv series and contrasts the story of life at winterthur with the fictional downton abbey. It introduced tens of thousands of first time visitors to winterthur's many historical and garden features. Accompanying the exhibition was an extensive lecture series, special presentations by the curators, and events featuring music and food. Another notable exhibition was look at love: eye miniatures from the skier collection featuring beautiful painted images of eyes, often in jewelry settings. The institution continued to publicize all offerings locally and nationally, with an emphasis on electronic media.
curatorial, conservation, education, library programs: including collection and library materials:the museum collection database went online in the fall of 2012. We have been working to upgrade and improve our catalogue records and add photography to the database. Since 2005 and to date we have added 146,036 digital images and upgraded 58,469 catalogue records. During the fiscal year 25,093 individual users viewed over 351,402 individual pages viewed. The majority of users are from the united states, the united kingdom, canada, france, germany, and australia. In addition to cataloguing and researching, we continue to add to winterthur's museum collection, acquiring 476 objects in fy2014 through gifts and purchases. Winterthur is working with ten other institutions on a collaboration project, four centuries of massachusetts furniture, which over the course of fy2013 and fy2015 will include seven exhibitions, three symposiums, two books, an online database of documented boston furniture, enhanced cataloguing of massachusetts furniture at two participating institutions, and dozens of public programs. This past year 16 graduate students were enrolled in the winterthur program in american material culture (administered with the university of delaware), and 30 graduate students studied in the winterthur/university of delaware program in art conservation. Graduates of these master degree programs serve in museums, historic houses, and conservation facilities in north america, europe, and elsewhere. Additionally, winterthur hosted 35 visiting scholars who availed themselves of the library collections to research various material culture and design topics. Charged with collection care, exhibit preparation, instruction of students in the wudpac program and research, outreach and professional engagement, the conservation department has been active in all areas. The conservation department successfully completed the imls funded silver coating project and began the chinese export lacquer project; these projects involve both treatment and dissemination of research and treatment results through professional papers, symposia and lectures. Research resulting in professional papers and/or presentations included continuing work on the deterioration of cadmium yellow, stain reduction in ceramics, hand coloring in maps and prints, the construction of early blank books, history and preservation of architectural drawings, conservation of furniture finishes, and teaching heritage preservation in iraq. Outreach continued with conservation participation in terrific tuesdays, teacher workshops, programming for high school students and both public and special interest conservation tours. A delaware department of the arts grant will allow further development of school related conservation programming. Exhibit preparation included 34 mannequins plus accessory mounts constructed and dressed for costumes of downton abbey and 21 items treated for diligent needle exhibit as well as preparation of collections for gallery rotations and yuletide. The extensive capital projects underway - the shutter/window/gutters/chimneys/roof project and the neh funded sustaining collections project have required significant departmental attention and collaboration in design and execution. Both projects address serious infrastructure issues and will significantly improve collection care and energy efficiency. The shutter and storm window replacement project required enrobing the museum building in scaffolding, so staff have taken advantage of the access provided to address a myriad of other issues including gutters, roof leaks, and serious chimney structural issues. Scheduled for completion in january, the museum will have new composite shutters, non-reflecting storms covered newly painted and caulked original wood sashes, new light filtration, and a secure roof, gutters and chimneys that will exclude insects, water, damaging light levels and unconditioned outside air. The sustaining collections project has involved multiple energy saving mechanical upgrades and installation of a web based monitoring and control system in the museum, galleries and research building. By providing extensive real-time data, the new system allows operational adjustments such as cycling systems off at night to reduce energy usage while monitoring collection conditions to ensure they meet preservation standards. The registration department is tasked with maintaining paper and digital records related to the museum collection. The department manages paperwork and logistics related to loans to/from winterthur and for exhibits, accessions and deaccessions, object movement and collection inventory, and risk management. The registration department inventoried 12,945 objects; facilitated and documented 20,421 object moves; accessioned 477 museum objects; and managed loans of 1,383 objects to winterthur and 241 objects from winterthur to other institutions. Registration staff continues to work with winterthur's digital asset management team to improve online museum collections data. Catalog data is now available for 86,117 museum objects. The mission of the library is to aquire, catalog, preserve, and make its collections available to the public. During fy2014, we added approximately 107 archival lots and 1,827 books and periodicals by purchase and gift; cataloged and updated 2,252 records; and lent 375 books via interlibrary loan. We welcomed 1,043 visitors to the manuscript and archive collections and circulated 5,748 items in the printed book and periodical collection. Staff added significantly to our electronic resources with the production of digital collections and staged four exhibitions featuring library resources. During fy2014, wintercat, the library's online catalog, welcomed 5,404 users, from 72 countries, who together consulted 113,947 pages.
garden program:winterthur maintains a world-renowned 200-acre naturalistic garden that welcomes visitors from all parts of the globe. The collection of rare and historic plants includes magnolias, azaleas, minor bulbs, conifers, and specimen trees. Significant varieties in the collection are tracked or "accessioned" through a records system, which currently includes more than 7,500 accessions. In fy2014 we continued the restoration of numerous garden areas including the reflecting pool, enchanted woods, azalea woods, sycamore hill, and oak hill. Restoration of ironwork and statuary continued in the reflecting pool and east terrace areas. Winterthur's most significant garden project was the adaptive reuse of one of our early greenhouses to become our new brown horticulture learning center. This 3,300 square foot facility was put into service in october 2012 and has led to an increase in garden programs and workshops. In addition, the horticulture internship program provided technical experience and on-the-job training to fourteen students during the year.
marketing program (expenses $1,640,937)(revenue $928,503):winterthur signed two new and renewed one existing licensees that will broaden and deepen awareness of the institution with products tightly tied to the collection and museum offerings. Similarly, the retail stores have transitioned and are now operating the larger e-commerce presence, established by evergreen enterprises, that will increase revenue opportunities while also expanding the visibility and knowledge of winterthur. Publications program (expenses $219,382):in fy2014 winterthur published "stretch: america's first family of clockmakers"; "the du ponts of winterthur" (to accompany the downton abbey exhibition); "the diligent needle" (to accompany an exhibition of the same name); and a reprint edition of "a country estate cookbook: recipes from winterthur". Production was completed for the monacelli press co-published "printed textiles: british and american cottons and linens, 1700-1850". The publications office also set the budgets and schedules for two upcoming publications, "the curtains of winterthur" and " nathan lombard: cabinetmaker", and continued to support the various editorial needs of the institution with work on exhibition labels, brochures, and marketing materials. The institution also prepared two print and online issues of the academic journal "winterthur portfolio".