To clean or not to clean?

By libby finney on 16 Jan 2014
A miniature dustpan and brush, from a dolls' house c 18th/19th century

A miniature dustpan and brush, from a dolls’ house c 18th/19th century

CLEAN [from glan, Welsh; clean, Saxon]: To be free from dirt or filth

‘They make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter..’
Samuel Johnson Dictionary (1755)

‘To clean or not to clean?’: that is indeed the question on everybody’s lips by week three of CCC here at Mortimer Wheeler House. No matter how dirty the object may be, however, the answer is not as simple as it may first appear. Read the full postRead the full post

A Complete Basket Case

By libby finney on 10 Dec 2013
Cargo Basket, currently on display at the Museum of London Docklands

A humble cargo basket, waiting for a good clean from our Collection Cleaning team.

Valence House Museum’s Kerry Westerman takes on basketry in our Collection Cleaning Course and discovers that a deep breath, soft brush and pop sock are the three vital ingredients for a cleaning session… Read the full postRead the full post