Conservation of the Poynter Room grill

Home to a trio of refreshment rooms, the V&A was the first museum in the world to have a public restaurant. Inside one of these – the Poynter Room – is an ornately decorated cast iron and brass grill, designed by Sir Edward Poynter in 1866.

Join Senior Curator Alicia Robinson and Senior Metals Conservator Donna Stevens as they undertake a conservation project to recreate the magnificence of the metalwork. Firstly they examine the details depicting Tudor roses, eagles, and Japanese-inspired suns and waves, before brushing off loose dust, applying solution to areas of rust, and finally waxing and buffing the grill to return its shine.

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See the original design sketches by Sir Edward Poynter:

(Left to Right:) Design for an Iron Grill, South Kensington Museum, designed by Poynter, Edward John (Sir), 1866, Great Britain; Design for metalwork decoration for fireplace in V&A Grill Room, designed by Poynter, Edward John (Sir), 1866, Great Britain; Design for metalwork decoration for fireplace in V&A Grill Room, designed by Poynter, Edward John (Sir), 1866, Great Britain

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