Dear readers,

We've had a good year at the blog, with a lot of new followers and almost 100 total posts now about all different types of object conservation & making courtesy of the students at West Dean. Is there anything you want to know, or hear more about? Any burning questions about what to do with that broken _____ in your house? We'd love to hear from you. The second-year students will be away on work placements for the first 6-8 weeks of term, but the first-years will be back soon and we have some great projects coming up.

In the last hours of 2013 we offer you this image of a bear after surgery an automaton during treatment, with very best wishes for a happy new year.