Archaeology

Alumni Spotlight: William Tregaskes

Posted on 5 June 2020 by Caitlin Jenkins

This month’s addition to our Alumni Spotlight series is William Tregaskes, who was kind enough to answer some questions about his experiences since graduating from Cardiff. What course did you study at Cardiff University? Did you follow it up with any further education or training? I studied BA Archaeology and then MSc Care of Collections.
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X-Rays Galore: Blackfriary Metal Finds

Posted on 3 January 2020 by Alice Blakely

Following excavations from 2010-2018, the Blackfriary metal finds travelled from Trim, Ireland to Cardiff University in January 2019 for conservation. I was assigned the objects at the beginning of this term and was tasked with their preliminary understanding. I will eventually devise a treatment plan for these objects. For those that do not know much
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Pathways to Conservation

Posted on 29 October 2019 by Caitlin Jenkins

It’s a rumour that we all found our calling as conservators from an early age, fuelled by a desire to disobey those DO NOT TOUCH signs in museums. At Cardiff University, our students’ paths into the heritage sector are as unique and diverse as the objects we study. In this blog, six students share their
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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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The End of a Journey: Analysis of the Black Friary Glass

Posted on 3 January 2018 by Meredith Sweeney

Following the completion of the physical treatment of the Black Friary stained glass, all thoughts turned to the study and analysis of selected pieces from the collection. I selected a range of pieces to begin to characterize the elemental composition of the glass as well as the designs on the surface. With the help of
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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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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
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Privilege: How did I get here? by Jane Henderson

Posted on 2 July 2014 by Nerys Rudder

I have recently had the great pleasure of traveling to Rome to undertake discussions on European standards for conservation and of dining in the 18th century York Mansion House with the Lord Mayor following a conference presentation. As I looked out of the window of the Merchant’s hall at the tourists outside looking back in
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The Mutual Benefits of Volunteering with Susan Sandford

Posted on 2 February 2014 by Nerys Rudder

During my time at Cardiff University I have been keen to add to my practical skills by volunteering. There are always opportunities for students to donate their time to local heritage projects and between 2013/2014 my colleagues, Sara Brown and Johanna Thunberg and I, have been working with the National Trust at Aberdulais Tinworks and
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