From Canada to Cardiff – My Path to Conservation

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Alyssa Singh

Before I graduated from high school my dad told me I should study what I’m passionate about, because it meant I would succeed. I took his advice and double majored in Honours History and Religion, with a minor in Art History, but halfway through my undergraduate degree at Carleton University, I still had no idea
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Bugging Out: IPM of an active collection

Posted on 5 October 2017 by Dean Smith

     Although museums, galleries and archaeological sites provide the bulk of our work at Cardiff University it is important to remember, as a conservator in training, that cultural objects requiring treatment come from many sources. The treatment of these objects may present interesting challenges especially if they are still in active use. The case
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What to Expect the First few Weeks

Posted on 16 September 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

Congratulations and welcome to our new Cardiff University conservation students! We couldn’t be more happy to have you. While we look forward to meeting you I am sure most of you are wondering: What happens next? You’ve packed your suit cases. You’ve bought your plane ticket or crammed all of your things into your car.
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Life as a Private Conservator vs. Working in the Public Sector

Posted on 26 August 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

This summer has seen many of the Cardiff University students on summer placements and internships. As I headed into my internship at Bolton Museum I expected and prepared myself for a lot of practical desk work within the lab. While I absolutely love doing work in the lab, I was thrilled to discover that my
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Suggested Reading List

Posted on 19 August 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

As A-levels Results Day has officially passed (Hurrah!) and many students are now discovering they are coming to Cardiff Uni I thought it would be fun to post a suggested reading list or useful books and resources list. Many of you are asking: What books will I need to buy? The answer is actually NONE!
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Remembering the Love of the People

Posted on 5 July 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

Every exhibit is built with a story to tell. If, by the end of its observation, the viewer has not grasped the message of the exhibit, then it has failed to do its job. Thus, everyone involved in the exhibit’s creation must keep one question at the forefront of their mind: does what I am
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A Conservator in Paris, or My First Time at an ICOM AGM

Posted on 24 June 2017 by nerysrudder

by Nerys Rudder, alumna and blog Creator It’s 9:00am. Anxiety, excitement, tiredness: I’m standing in a room full of distinguished museum directors and a fully fledged Jordanian princess. I know no-one. Everyone else seems to be the very best of friends with lots of hugs and loud kisses and chatting in different languages. I’m the
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Summer Placement Round-up

Posted on 16 June 2017 by Aliza Taft

Conservation students, MSc and BSc, at Cardiff are required to do 8 weeks of summer placement between years, supported by a stipend from the University. Luckily, the department has cultivated some amazing connections with museums around the UK,  and even some in the US and Greece. Many of these connections come from far-flung alumni/ae of the
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Newport Ship Workshop

Posted on 12 June 2017 by Aliza Taft

Recently, four conservation students from Cardiff and three students from the University of Wales Trinity St. David (UWTSD) program in Nautical Archaeology met at the Newport Ship Centre to conduct a collections assessment under the supervision of Cardiff lecturer Eric Nordgren and ship curator Toby Jones. The aim of the three-day workshop was to assess the condition of artefacts
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Iron gall ink in the Edward Thomas manuscripts and its conservation at Glamorgan Archives

Posted on 6 May 2017 by Pamela Murray

Dating back to the 1st century AD and used all the way until the 19th century, iron gall ink was a common writing ink throughout Europe. It is made from iron sulphates, gum, tannins extracted from galls (generally oak tree galls), and water. There are different recipes and methods found throughout history to make iron
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