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Top Conservation Case Studies of 2015

It’s that time of year again where we look back at our favourite conservation case studies of 2015 from a whole host of conservation professionals around the world and student’s alike. Here we’re round up 6 special projects that we’ve enjoyed reading – which are your favourites?


What: Conserving parchment from the Hebrew manuscript collection Where: Chester Beatty Conservation Why: The passion of the conservators working on this project really comes through in this post providing fascinating insight, including new skills learnt on the job and certain challenges faced. View Case Study Here.


What: Islamic binding series Where: West Dean College Why: We loved reading this blog as not only does it examine the task of making an Islamic binding but gives valuable insight into the history of the technique. View Case Study part 1 & part 2.


What: Conservation of the Mazarin Chest Where: V&A Why: For a fully rounded example of a conservation case study in detail, the V&A has produced a comprehensive account of each stage of the treatment which is well worth a read. View Case Study Here.


What: Tapestry Wash: 17th century Mortlake tapestry ‘February’ Where: Hampton Court Palace Why: See one of Willard’s very own bespoke pieces of equipment in action at the renowned Hampton Court Palace. View Case Study Here.


What: Conservation treatment of Nespekashuti Where: The Artifact Lab in the Penn Museum Why: We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts on the conservation treatment of Mummy, Nespekashuti and this is the latest post in the series as the treatment nears completion. An essential read for anyone with an interest in ancient Egyptian Mummies. View Case Study Here.


What: Celebrating 21 Years of Conservation of the Magnificent Asian Paintings Collection Where: British Museum Why: Not a case study as such, but most definitely worthy of a mention and a read. View Case Study Here.

If you’ve got an interesting case study you think we should know about, especially if you’re using Willard tools, and would like to share it with our network of conservation professionals, please get in touch with us at


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