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Highlights in this issue

An ‘Exploded’ Replica of a Commode

Dan Mifsud, Museum Technician

The exploded replica of the Cramer commode is one of several replicas commissioned for the new Dr. Susan Weber Gallery for Furniture, which opened in December 2012.

Smoke and Mirrors: What's holding Hollywood Costume up?

Sam Gatley, Senior Textile Display Specialist; Roisin Morris, Senior Textile Conservator

It was a daunting task to create and simulate poses and interactions for this volume of ensembles, each with condition issues or vulnerabilities, a unique body shape and specific pose to take into consideration.

The Plaster Cast Courts Project: an introduction

Sofia Marques, Sculpture Conservator

Plaster casts and electrotypes have been collected since the early days of the creation of the South Kensington Museum, known, since 1899, as The Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the plaster casts currently on display in the two Cast Courts date from as early as 1857.

Historic Repairs

Hanneke Ramakers, Ceramics, Glass and Related Materials Conservator

Conservators come across old repairs on a regular basis while examining the stability of objects. To enable safe display and preserve objects for future generations, old repairs often need to be replaced or improved.