Working with The National Trust at The Carlyle House

Posted on 20 February 2017 by Pamela Murray

In late January I was privileged to join the Carlyle House Wallpaper Survey team with Andrew Bush (National Trust), Rebecca Ellison (National Trust), Johanna Payne (Independent Paper Conservator) and Linda Skippings (The Carlyle House Steward). We were tasked to survey the wallpaper condition in the hallway and stairway over two days and draw up a report with
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Shedding some light – using the Glamorgan Archives lightboard for map conservation

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Pamela Murray

Devin Mattlin and myself have been volunteering at the Glamorgan Archives for the last 3 months under the guidance of Lydia Stirling. We have been cleaning pamphlets and a leather bound book from the 1800s. The conservation lab at the archives is a beautiful room with large windows, lots of clean flat working spaces, and
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Bronze Disease: Even Metal Gets Sick

Posted on 24 January 2017 by Aliza Taft

We are all familiar with the pleasing shininess of a new copper penny, and with how quickly this color becomes dull and matte simply from everyday use. This flat brown color doesn’t appear because the penny gets covered with dirt; rather, the copper surface has undergone a fundamental chemical change.  The copper in the penny
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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