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The use of lasers in the conservation of museum objects made from plastics

The surface of polystyrene under the optical microscope exposed to different conditions

Dafni Daskalaki-Mountanou, MSc student Imperial College / V&A The predominance of polymers in everyday life is obvious. They have become an integral part not only of everyday objects but of cultural heritage objects as well. A survey held in the 1990s at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed that large numbers of artefacts were partly […]

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Corset mounting for Undressed: the bones of the matter

Woven corset, Charles Bayer, Britain, London, 1879-85. Linen, silk and whalebone (baleen), V&A: T.114&A-1938.

Lilia Prier Tisdall, Textile Conservation Display Specialist In her catalogue for the V&A exhibition ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’, Exhibition curator Edwina Ehrman writes how ‘one of underwear’s primary roles is to smooth, firm and mould the body in accordance with the fashionable ideal and to provide a substructure for the fashions of the […]

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Logistics of moving a thirteenth-century cope chest

Cope chest on display at the V&A

Dr Nigel Bamforth Senior Furniture Conservator The York Minster cope chest, one of only seven surviving semi-circular cope chests in English cathedrals and a fine example of medieval timber and ironwork, was requested for loan by the Victoria and Albert Museum from the Dean and Chapter of York Minster for inclusion in the ‘Opus Anglicanum: […]

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The Resurrection of the Salisbury Cross

Cross after treatment

Alicia Robinson, Senior Curator, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Donna Stevens, Senior Metals Conservator Zoe Allen, Senior Furniture and Gilding Conservator This three metre high cross once on top of the choir screen in Salisbury Cathedral was designed by George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and made by Francis Skidmore of Coventry (1817-1896) and erected in about […]

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Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’: Revealing Object Histories with UV Light

Sixteenth-century case under normal light

  This post was written by second-year student, Letitia Calin, one of a group of V&A/RCA History of Design MA students participating in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab.   Early on in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar and lab course of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA we investigated a selection of early […]

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Alfred Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and Other Poems

Detached poem with tipped area still adhered to support leaf

We hope you enjoy reading the final article from V&A Conservation Journal Number 63 (Autumn 2016).   Keep an eye out for new posts from V&A Conservation Journal Number 64 from December.   Jane Rutherston Head Book Conservator In 1875, Julia Margaret Cameron published two volumes ‘each with twelve plates plus portraits of Tennyson as frontispiece and excerpts […]

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Garnitures: Sets in the City

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

Museum displays don’t just happen on their own, they are the collaborative work of many dedicated individuals with very specialized skills. Garnitures : Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been in the making for almost three years and involved the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Trust. There have been […]

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The Analysis of Cleaning Protocols for Plastics in the V&A Collections

Figure 2. Polystyrene samples being loaded into the ToF-SIMS machine for analysis

Anna L Fricker Research Postgraduate, V&A and Imperial College London The issue of plastics conservation is one that has been highlighted in this journal several times over the last twenty years and has most recently focused on the need to look at a proactive approach to the care of polymeric artefacts1. As part of this […]

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Caring for Plastics – An intern’s reflection on the conservation of modern materials

Part of the ‘Plastic Teaching Collection’ held in the Conservation Science Laboratory

Mark Kearney V&A HLF Intern   Since 2006, The Institute of Conservation and Heritage Lottery Fund (ICON-HLF) funded internship scheme has been providing valuable opportunities to those wishing to join the conservation profession. The internships have provided two indispensable career-building ingredients to those entering the field – professional, real-world experience, and funding, in order to […]

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GUEST POST: My Qur’an pendant from Syria

My collection of talismans and amulets  © Victor Borges

Victor Borges is a Senior Sculpture Conservator at the V&A. One day when I was delivering an object to Victor in Sculpture Conservation I noticed he was wearing a chain full of small and curious pendants. Looking at it closer, I suddenly noticed a beautiful small gold pendant in the shape of a Qur’an with Arabic inscriptions. […]

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