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Conservation Collaborations

The Conservation Department are always open to working with colleagues across Norfolk County Council. This month the Conservation Department have teamed up with the Adult Learning team based at Wensum Lodge, who are developing an ambitious new model for Wensum Lodge...

Conserving Textile Treasures

Later this year, to coincide with the school summer holidays, there will be an exhibition of some of the many treasured textiles from the costume and textiles collections. Highlights include large patchwork bedcovers, embroidered letters and clothing. The exhibition...

Sir Cloudesley Shovell terracotta bust being prepared for loan

The terracotta bust of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, made by John Bushnell, is to go on loan from Strangers’ Hall Museum to Tate Britain for their exhibition ‘The Baroque Age in Britain’ early next year. Cloudesley Shovell (1650-1707) had a distinguished naval...

A tablecloth with a difference

As well as our core work for the Museums Service, Conservation are often approached by members of the public to conserve, repair and transform precious heirlooms and personal possessions. Recently, one such object was an interesting discovery that had been stored away...

Mummies on the Move

The relocation of the Norwich Castle Museum Egyptian collection began as a simple decant project to safe guard the objects during the Keep Project building works. The Egyptian gallery may in the end, be relatively unaffected by the Keep redevelopment. But building...

Loans to Angelsey Abbey

In May, the Conservation Department fulfilled a loan to Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property in Cambridgeshire, historic home of Lord Fairhaven. Lady Fairhaven, Cara Leland Broughton, was a fashionable woman and after her death, several Louis Vuitton packing...

Snap the Dragon Moves Home

Over the past couple of months, the Conservation and Collections Management teams have been busy decanting collections from the Castle Keep in readiness for the transformation of the space. A particular challenge, was the removal...

Conservation of the Winfarthing Anglo-Saxon Pendant

In December last year, just before heading off for Christmas break, it was announced that the Winfarthing pendant had been voted the Art Fund’s acquisition of the year.  Voters had been invited to choose from a shortlist of 10 works of art and objects that the Art...

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