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.
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.
Conservation of Miniature Portraits
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.
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.