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Highlights in this issue

Investigation of a Victorian ornithological adornment

Gates Sofer, Metals Conservator

The Victorians tend to be remembered for doing things with exuberance and flair, and their penchant for wearing entomological and ornithological specimens was no exception.

From Cloister to Museum

Ann Marsh, Stained Glass Conservator

The V&A collections include a series of 38 panels from the cloister of the Premonstration Abbey of Steinfeld, in the Eifel region between Cologne and Trier. The journey made from Steinfeld to the V&A is a dramatic and difficult one and it helps to explain how much change stained glass can undergo during its lifetime.

The Invisibles

Sam Gatley, Textile Display Specialist

Christian Dior is believed to have said: 'Without foundations there can be no fashion.' This was in reference to the crafted underwear that had been designed to sculpt a woman's figure to best show off his creations.

The conservation and technical examination of Bernadino Fungai's Virgin and Child with Two Saints

Rachel Turnbull, Senior Paintings Conservator

'Virgin and Child with Two Saints' (766-1865) was painted by Bernadino Fungai around 1480 and is being treated in the Paintings Conservation Studio for inclusion in the Medieval  and Renaissance Galleries.