conservation

From Archaeological Trenches to Conservation Laboratories

Posted on 4 May 2018 by Rafail Evzonas

I still remember the moment last September when I shook the dust off my clothes in a trench for last time, somewhere in eastern Mediterranean, and packed my suitcases. A journey was begun, this time in a new world: the world of Conservation. Archaeology was my passion. For this reason, I studied Archaeology and took
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Dissertations Abound

Posted on 22 February 2018 by Stephanie Whitehead

Studying the Effect of Varying Silica Gel Amounts on the Relative Humidity Within a Container. Our dissertation is looking at the relative humidity (RH) changes within storage containers that have different amounts of silica gel within them so that we can see if the amount of silica gel affects the RH. -Will Smith, Mary Lawrence,
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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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It wasn’t all plane sailing – Conservation of a WW1 model aircraft

Posted on 17 March 2017 by Jack Newcombe

When I arrived at Cardiff to study Conservation this was one (of many) objects I was given.  Jane Henderson asked me if I wanted the object and it reminded me of Airfix models that I used to make as a child. My love and enthusiasm for Airfix models consumed me and I gladly accepted the
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Out of the Lab and Into the Woods

Posted on 3 March 2017 by Stephanie Whitehead

While the conservation department focuses heavily on our artifacts and the projects that we work on on a daily basis, we also make time to get out of the lab. Every so often the department organizes a hike to get us away from our swabs and scalpels and into the stunning Welsh countryside. Our last
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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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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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