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Highlights in this issue

The Cosimo Panel

Jonathan Ashley-Smith , Head of Conservation

Grinling Gibbons' carving can be found in palaces, churches and country houses throughout England. The easily recognisable cascades of lifelike flowers, fruit, foliage and birds, carved in limewood, are too delicate to be moved on a regular basis.

Cracking Crizzling - Eight Years of Collaborative Research

Simon Hogg, PhD student, Department of Materials, Imperial College

For seven years, the Conservation Department of the V& A has collaborated with the Department of Materials at Imperial College, to investigate the causes of, and possible treatments for glass disease.

The Power of the Poster and Paper Conservation

Pauline Webber , Head of Paper Conservation Alison Norton, Paper Conservation, Paper Conservation

The V& A collects posters on an international scale, holding over 10,000 examples. This article describes the role played by paper conservators in the Power of the Poster exhibition.

Science Surgery

Science and Information Section, Conservation Department

Welcome to this new and regular feature of the Conservation Journal. This page is produced by the Science and Information Team and presents some of our smaller tasks.