Captain Planet: Resolutions for the New Year

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

Happy 2017 to one and all! I hope you are all finding yourselves refreshed and rejuvenated after the winter break. As we all get into the swing of things I thought it would be fun to discuss our goals for the new year. Going Green is a great New Years resolution and something that Cardiff
Read more


A Greek Tale: Sun, Sand, and Professional Development

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Sarah James

Plane, Bus, Taxi, and Coach… And that’s just what got me to the station in Volos, Greece for my summer placement within the conservation department of the Archaeological Ephotate of Larisa. As I was getting off the 4-hour coach ride from Athens to Volos, eagerly looking for someone I had never met in a country
Read more


Treasures in a broom closet: the challenges of public sector preservation

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Elizabete Kozlovska

Preventive conservation is a complex science that can branch out in different ways. Archival work is one of them. Many public service companies or government funded organisations have more historically significant documents than people assume. I had the opportunity to work with such an organisation: South Riverside Community Development Centre. My job was to look
Read more


Looking Through the Window Glass

Posted on 8 December 2016 by Meredith Sweeney

Over the past year, there has been a lot of activity centered around the treatment procedure of the Blackfriary medieval window glass. To an outsider, it would look like nothing was happening for the first six months. However, the initial stage of the treatment was centered on understanding the glass structure and researching possible treatment
Read more


Ready For Our Close Up!

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Stephanie Whitehead

Documentation is an important part of a conservator’s job. This ranges from ensuring all artifacts have been properly delivered, to writing down everything that we do regarding the object, to photography. It is essential that anyone who comes upon the object post conservation is able to understand what has been done and why, and see
Read more


Looking Beneath the Layers

Posted on 23 November 2016 by Stephanie Whitehead

There are many stages to conserving an artifact. For example, you have to figure out what the object is made of and what types of corrosion are present. Were any adhesives previously used to hold the object together? How have current storage conditions affected the artifact? Is mechanical or chemical cleaning best for the object
Read more


New Kids on the Bench

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Aliza Taft

Greetings, and welcome to the first blog of the 2016-17 academic year! We (the new first year students of MSc Conservation Practice) are aiming to maintain this blog during our two years here with updates on our objects, our experiences, and day-to-day lab happenings that we think you might be interested in.  There is a
Read more


Changing Perceptions: Our Relationship with Stone Monuments

Posted on 23 June 2016 by William Tregaskes

Stone Monuments Stone Monuments are all around us, they range from the Neolithic Stonehenge to the thousands of war memorials we have in our cities, towns and villages. What they have in common is they create a memory shared by the society who created them. For example war memorials are synonymous with past conflicts, and
Read more


What happens when 239 boxes of stained glass and lead are brought to conservators? We buy fridges!

Posted on 15 March 2016 by Meredith Sweeney

What happens when 239 boxes of stained glass and lead are brought to conservators? We buy fridges!   When a small car arrived outside Cardiff University’s John Percival building in mid-October, the conservators waiting outside to greet the representatives from the National Museum Ireland were not expecting to make scores of trips up to the
Read more


Female student reading a book in a library.

Funding your conservation degree

Posted on 21 December 2015 by jennataylor

Funding your conservation degree Jenna Taylor Hello fellow and future conservation students! I am a 1st year on the Conservation Practice Masters programme at Cardiff. Last year, in preparation for my studies, I looked in to applying for funding from various organisations to help with my living costs and/or fees. I am using this blog
Read more