Highlights in this issue

Furniture timbers

Josephine A Darrah, Senior Scientific Officer, Conservation Department

Wood and metal are usually regarded as highly compatible materials. However, interactions between certain metals and woods can take place under adverse conditions, or as a result of using unsuitable materials.

The technical examination & conservation of painted furniture

Stephen Sheasby, Furniture Student on the RCA/V&A Conservation Course

Work on an English carved and painted armchair, dated about 1785, in preparation for it's inclusion in the new Ornament gallery in the V&A.

Disaster reaction planning progress

Susannah Edmunds, Senior Conservator, Paintings Section, Conservation Department

Over twenty five years ago the world's conservators converged upon Florence to deal with the appalling damage caused by flash floods.This article looks at the Planning process.

Corrosion of metals associated with wood

Nick Umney, Senior Conservator, Furniture & Woodwork Section, Conservation Department

Wood and metal are usually regarded as highly compatible materials. However, interactions between certain metals and woods can take place under adverse conditions, or as a result of using unsuitable materials.