Case Studies

Kings Lynn Town Hall project

 

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk had a Heritage Lottery funded project to redevelop the historic Town Hall. The redevelopment included a new state-of-the-art exhibition (also called Stories of Lynn) in the under croft of its 15th Century guildhall, a branch Archive Centre of the Norfolk Records Office, a refreshed exhibition in the Georgian gaol house, and a range of Georgian and Victorian period interiors throughout the first floor. We were asked to undertake the conservation requirements on a large and diverse group of collections totalling over 600 objects, ranging from civic silver to a medieval oak window sill, for display in Easter 2016.

Detail of 15th Century oak sill with Lynn coat of arms, areas of damage and wood rot were stabilised

250 silver civic spoons conserved on display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian fairground galloper being prepared for display

Victorian fairground galloper completed on display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the completed displays showing a range of civic objects

The King John Cup, c.1325, silver gilt and enamel

Part of the completed displays showing a range of civic objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted miniatures on ivory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Historic Dockyard; HMS Invincible.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust were awarded a major grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, to research, conserve and digitise a core collection of objects that had been retrieved from the submerged wreck of an 18th century ship of the line – HMS Invincible. The conservation element of this project was awarded to us, involving the preparation of this fascinating collection for display in their new galleries, which opened in early 2016. Two of our conservators also hosted a discussion day at the Dockyard to showcase some of the conservation work that had been undertaken.

Monmouth wool cap after treatment

Monmouth wool cap after treatment

Cleaning besom brooms

Cleaning besom brooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child's shoe during conservation

Child’s shoe during conservation

Working on a copper cauldron

Working on a copper cauldron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden tankard

Wooden tankard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation of Miniature Portraits

Cased miniature portrait on ivory repaired and cleaned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bespoke archival packaging for a conserved miniature portrait for long term protection and to minimise potential damage from handling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before conservation

After conservation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed cased miniature in bespoke archival packaging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconstruction of a ‘pottery pavement’ and ceramic vessel for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts exhibition, Cross Roads of Empires; Archaeology in West Africa.

The exhibition team approached us to reconstruct a small section of pavement made from pottery sherds which had been excavated in Benin. The pavement section needed to be robust enough to return to West Africa after the exhibition. We were also asked to reconstruct a ceramic vessel which, due to its large size, was quite a challenge.

‘Pottery pavement’

The pottery pavement on site before excavation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laying out the pottery sherds before reconstruction.

Laying out the pottery sherds before reconstruction

 

The finished pavement reconstruction in bespoke frame and box.

The finished pavement reconstruction in bespoke frame and box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished pavement ready for display and the journey back to West Africa.

The finished pavement ready for display and the journey back to West Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large ceramic vessel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condition assessment of RAF 74(F) Tiger Squadron tiger skins

At the beginning of 2016 we were asked by the historic 74(F) Tiger Squadron Association, to assess the conservation requirements of two fearsome taxidermy tiger skins and a shield mounted tiger head. The Squadron have ambitious plans to display artefacts and memorabilia at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, in which they hope the tiger skins would feature prominently.