Marking and labelling objects and their containers

One of our Oxford Conservation Consortium Conservators recently attended a workshop hosted by the ARA Section for Archives and Museums on Labelling Objects (and their containers) presented by Anita Hollinshead. Labelling links an object to the information held about it by the custodian institution. It should be carried out as part of the accessioning process,... Continue Reading →

Stop Press: Essential Reading for Book Conservators – Article on using Woven Fabrics in Book Conservation!

We are delighted to announce that the latest issue of Studies in Conservation features research from conservators at the Oxford Conservation Consortium – now out in print!  The article presents findings on the strength and durability of cotton and linen woven fabrics typically used in conservation. It derives from a collaborative project, discussed in an... Continue Reading →

#AskAConservator day 2020 on 18th November!

As we mentioned in our recent post on the 1966 Florence flood the 18th of November is Ask a Conservator day. Use the hashtag #AskAConservator on social media platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) with questions for conservators - or to help spread the word about conservation and what conservators actually do. There is... Continue Reading →

Experiments in Parchment

OCC/Bodleian parchment-making course of 2013 Chantry blog readers might be interested in the experimental parchment-making activities held at the University of Namur, Belgium, last November, part of the ‘Physics of Parchment’ symposium exploring parchment through both practical and theoretical approaches. Details can be found here plus the abstract book and post-workshop article. https://youtu.be/YCB1B3LTb3w This symposium... Continue Reading →

Florence 1966

In England, early November is usually associated with fire: 5 November, Guy Fawkes, gunpowder, treason, and all that. From a conservation point of view 4 November marks a more recent - and sombre - anniversary due to another 'element': water. On that date the River Arno inundated the city of Florence, with flood-waters reaching nearly... Continue Reading →

Review of the IPM Chantry Bibliography

If you want to get an independent opinion on the latest Chantry Subject Bibliography on Integrated Pest Management by Amy Crossman and David Pinniger, beyond our own earlier blog post, then a solution is at hand. The latest issue of Icon News (89, August 2020) contains a review of the bibliography contributed by Catherine Harris,... Continue Reading →

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