Highlights in this issue

From first aid to fluorite: Identification of a rare purple pigment

Alexandra Kosinova, Senior Sculpture Conservator

The wooden polychrome panel, 260-1898, comprising the carved Nativity scene on the inside, and the panel painting Mocking of Christ on the outside, arrived in the Sculpture Conservation studio for first aid treatment.

Queen Elizabeth’s virginal scribbles, scratches and sgraffito

Nanke Schellmann, Furniture Conservation, RCA/V&A MA Student

The instrument is thought to be one of the few personal belongings, within the Museum’s collection, of the ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603. With its variety of different decorative techniques and luxurious materials this instrument is a very fine example of high quality 16th century Venetian craftsmanship.

Continued studies in the deterioration of glass

Sarah Fearn, Research Associate, Department of Materials, Imperial College, London

It has been well documented over many years that certain types of glassware displayed within the glass collection at the V& A are susceptible to deterioration over time.

Tethering the cow – Treatment and display of the Sackville Pedigree – a large 16th century heraldic parchment manuscript

Merryl Huxtable, Senior Paper Conservator

This parchment manuscript required a specific display method and a protective environment because of its size and the nature of the material it is made of.