School of Conservation Blog

  • Books & Library Materials

    Making Bone Folders from an Antler

    Posted on 16th November 2016

    Last winter, a few of us from the books department decided to go for a little hike one weekend and found ourselves walking through some woodland about half an hour from the school. One of the group came across an antler, which she wasn't too keen on keeping, so I thought I'd take it back to school and have a go at making some custom bone folders.

  • Clocks

    A Louis XV (1710–1774) ormolu cartel clock made by Colin?

    Posted on 13th October 2016

    In the summer term I was given a clock by Matthew Read, the tutor for the clock's programme, with the advice that "it just needed the striking to be sorted out." Having a good idea of Matthew's sense of humour, I realised that this was going to be no ordinary endeavour!

  • Books & Library Materials

    Library Stacks vs. Data Stacks: The impact of digitization on the objects we conserve.

    Posted on 27th September 2016

    In our digital age, the very nature of the collection is changing. In light of rapid advances in technology and the rise of the internet, how we access, view and interpret a collection of objects is no longer as restricted as it once was. Yet it strikes me that there may be a price to pay for this new-found digital freedom and that its impact on the role of the conservator may be profound.

  • Books & Library Materials

    Historic Model—Gothic Binding

    Posted on 5th August 2016

    Students in the postgraduate Books and Library Materials Conservation program are assigned a historic model project in their second term. It is probably the most universally loved assignment of the year. This year, Lucy made an Armenian binding, Jess made a Spanish ledger binding, Laura made a replica of the Faddan More Psalter, and I made a chunky Gothic binding with bronze corners, centerpieces, and clasps. I think they are all magnificent.

  • Metalwork

    Smelly Science of Sticky Stuff

    Posted on 29th June 2016

    There are many different types of science. Some are loud and explosive, some are quiet and precise, and some are just kind of smelly. The MA project I'm working on this year definitely falls in that last category and I apologise to my fellow students for that.

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