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Group Projects: Teamwork makes the dream work

Group Projects: Teamwork makes the dream work

Posted on 23 March 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

Some objects that arrive at the university lab are too large or complex for a single person to work on, so their responsibility is given to a 'project manager', usually […]

Frequently Asked Questions in Taxidermy

Frequently Asked Questions in Taxidermy

Posted on 12 March 2020 by Ella Berry

Photo of me (left) talking to guests at the National Museum of Wales After Dark event alongside vertebrate curator Jennifer Gallichan (centre) and Nichola Hope (right) drawing. Photo courtesy of […]

What’s the “tea” about Anoxia Treatments?

What’s the “tea” about Anoxia Treatments?

Posted on 9 March 2020 by Kate Dieringer

Photo courtesy of Kate Dieringer When I started an internship in San Francisco, California, I had no idea what to expect while working in a private conservation studio. One of […]

World Book Day 2020: Conservation fiction

World Book Day 2020: Conservation fiction

Posted on 5 March 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

Today is World Book Day, a worldwide celebration of the joys of books and reading! The theme for 2020 is ‘share a million stories’. I haven’t got quite that many […]

Alumni Spotlight: Stephanie Whitehead

Alumni Spotlight: Stephanie Whitehead

Posted on 19 February 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

Our 'Alumni Spotlight' series is back by popular demand! First to be interviewed is former conservation student (and department blog co-manager!) Stephanie Whitehead. What course did you study at Cardiff […]

P.S. We love you

P.S. We love you

Posted on 14 February 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

Cardiff students work with a wide variety of objects at the university lab, on placements or other volunteering opportunities. It's difficult to pick a favourite object - like choosing a […]

Tubey or not tubey, that is the question…

Tubey or not tubey, that is the question…

Posted on 5 February 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ (Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2) Every object has its own story to tell. Some stories are happy, some […]

If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It – A Critical Review of “New Kintsugi”, a Modern Take on a Traditional Repair Method.

If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It – A Critical Review of “New Kintsugi”, a Modern Take on a Traditional Repair Method.

Posted on 29 January 2020 by Cal James

After finding out about the technique of “Kintsugi”, an ancient Japanese technique of repairing ceramics with lacquer and gold powder, I was intrigued. After some further research, including reading Shan-Ying […]

Mask on, Mask off: Masking Films from X-radiation

Mask on, Mask off: Masking Films from X-radiation

Posted on 8 January 2020 by Amber Bhatty

Photo by author So, I spent an hour and forty minutes X-raying my objects and developing the films. When they were finally dry, I laid them on the lightbox to […]

Conservation Practice: Applying from the U.S.

Conservation Practice: Applying from the U.S.

Posted on 6 January 2020 by Greta Sweeney

Applying for postgraduate programs can be tough, but applying from another country 3000 miles away can make it even harder! If you’re interested in Cardiff’s Conservation Practice MSc program but […]

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