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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...

Couriering Paston Treasure Loans to Yale British Art Center

Hopefully, you will have had a chance to visit ‘The Paston Treasure: Riches of the known world’. This blockbuster exhibition was formed in partnership with the Centre for British Art in Yale Connecticut, who had their own Paston Treasure exhibition prior to ours,...

Conservation, Conferences & Gels

Regularly in the course of our work as conservators, opportunities arise to research and discover new and improved methods and materials for conservation challenges, which can be shared across the conservation community. In October last year, conservators Jonathan...

Sea History Differently – Three Boats & Two Conservators

As part of an Esmee Fairburn funded project ‘Sea History Differently’ at Time and Tide Museum in Gt Yarmouth, the three boats in the museum’s courtyard underwent a conservation project involving the community between June and September 2017. The three vessels are the...

Marie-Antoinette’s bodice

September 2014 Marie-Antoinette’s bodice by Deborah Phipps, Textile Conservator The Nelson & Norfolk exhibition contains some amazing textiles from the enormity of the ensign, brilliantly described in Lisa Little’s previous blog, to a delicate embroidered skirt...

Boulton and Paul P10 wing

April 2017 This spring sees the opening of Norwich International Aviation Academy, a new technical learning facility adjacent to Norwich Airport. NMS are supporting this project with a significant loan from our collections to be displayed in the communal area of this...

Sir William Beechey’s portrait of Lord Nelson

July 2017 One of the key pieces in the Nelson and Norfolk exhibition is the magnificent painting commissioned by the then Corporation of Norwich in 1801. The painting hung in St Andrew's Hall for many years as depicted in the painting by James Sillett, which has been...

The conservation of Noah’s Ark at Elizabethan House, Great Yarmouth

June 2017 A slightly more unusual task came the way of the Conservation department recently, by way of a request for help and guidance to redisplay a nineteenth century Noah’s Ark and figures toy, made from wood and painted. The Ark and figures, of which there were...

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