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Highlights in this issue

Oh, The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear

Dr Alison Bracker, Research Assistant, RCA/V&A Conservation

Some  British  artists have created their most acclaimed works to date by using ephemeral or unconventional materials. The rates and deterioration mechanisms of such materials are virtually unknown to conservators.

Conservation of Indian Mica Paintings

Mike Wheeler, Senior Paper Conservator, Paper Conservation

The V& A has a collection of about seven hundred paintings on mica originating from India which include examples from Murshidabad, Patna and Benares in eastern India and from Trichinopoly in southern India.

Conservation Treatment of a 17th Century English Panel Painting

Annabelle Mills, Intern, Paintings Conservation

In 1945 the Museum acquired an unusual 17th Century oak panel painting. It tells the tale of Colonel Sir William Smith and how he caught stag with his bare hands.

Improved Methods of Storage for Illuminated Manuscript Fragments on Parchment

Esther Fried, Intern, Paper Conservation

The collection of illuminated fragments in the National Art Library reveals the Victorian enthusiasm for  Medieval illumination as works of art and as a subject for research.