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Highlights in this issue

A souvenir from Guangzhou

Pauline Webber, Head of Paper, Book & Paintings Conservation

Very few export paintings of this type remain in the collections in Guangzhou; consequently they are regarded with great interest by Chinese scholars as an invaluable documentation of the history, activities and socio-cultural exchanges that took place around the Pearl River Delta during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

An away day to Belgium: Washing tapestries

Frances Hartog, Senior Textiles Conservator

On a bright sunny day in June the Textile Conservation Section set off on an away-day to Belgium to witness the washing of a tapestry. We hope to employ the process on objects for the new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.

Nasrid plasterwork: symbolism, materials & techniques

Victor Borges, Senior Sculpture Conservator

As part of the display for the new Architecture Gallery,  to represent the art in architecture within the Spanish Islamic style, five fragments of plasterwork from the Alhambra Palace were selected from the V& A Collection.

Mixed media object: large and fragile structure

Sofia Marques, Sculpture Conservator

The architectural model of the Tower of the Captive in the Alhambra's palace, Granada, will be one of the many curious objects selected for the Architectural Gallery.