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Best Conservation Case Studies 2017

Now that we are in the second half of 2017, we thought we would showcase some of our favourite conservation case studies of 2017 so far. In the top 5 we have a few challenges, puzzles and some incredibly delicate pieces being restored for the first time in decades. If you have a conservation project that you would like to share with us, tag us on Twitter with a link!

1. Behind the scenes in Conservation: Pottery Puzzle

Where: The Cincinnati Art Museum

Why: This is a short but interesting behind the scenes look at repairing a 9th century plate. This case study is particularly interesting as the plate has been in the lab on a few occasions and has been found to have a staggering number of fragments. Where did they begin?

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2. Conservation of the wall paintings by Vlaho Bukovac at Bukovac House

Where: Bukovac House, Cavtat

Why: This fascinating article details how the evaporation of salt accumulated in the structure of the walls has destroyed the painted wall surfaces and the processes the conservation team went through to restore this work of art, painted in 1871.

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3. Thinking outside the box at West Dean

Where: West Dean College

Why: We love seeing studies from student conservators at West Dean. Here we have a detailed account of the challenges, problem solving and careful restoration of a nineteenth-century travelling box for a french carriage clock.

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4. Spring-cleaning India’s most magnificent tent

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Why: High up in Mehrangarh Fort, a small team of conservators is dusting down India’s most magnificent tent, as tall as a double decker bus. The team are armed with pockets full of soft brushes to undertake this delicate clean, the first proper clean the tent has had in more than three centuries.

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5. Installation of three tapestries in the King’s room at Knole

Where: The Kings Room, Knole House

Why: Often the spaces conservators have to work in can add additional obstacles to a project. The team working on this tapestry installation at The King’s Room at Knole not only had a limited time to complete the installation but also had very limited space to work in. See how they managed.

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We regularly post incredible case studies and insights on our LinkedIn page so follow us to see our weekly favourites. If you want to share your project with us, feel free to tweet us a link. We always enjoy seeing the conservation projects being worked on.


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