Working in the dark: Fox Talbot and salt paper prints

By rose briskman on 23 May 2014
A rare Fox Talbot print showing Hungerford Bridge

A rare Fox Talbot print showing Hungerford Bridge c.1845

When I heard that a William Henry Fox Talbot photograph from 1845 was to be included in upcoming Bridge exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement that we even have such a rare and experimental photo in our collection and trepidation that the word facsimile would not be received well when I uttered it. Read the full postRead the full post

Conserving the Cheapside Hoard

By catherine nightingale on 16 Feb 2014
A pendant from the Cheapside Hoard during conservation

A pendant from the Cheapside Hoard during conservation

At first glance, it is the fantastic gems which catch your eye – the range of stones and skilful cuts are breath-taking. It is only when the objects which make up the Cheapside Hoard are closely examined that the quality of the enamel work on the objects can truly be appreciated. Whilst conserving the objects for the current exhibition, it is the enamel that has really captured my imagination and my admiration. Read the full postRead the full post

Bottom heavy hazard

By marketing on 17 Oct 2012
Figs. 1 & 2 An example of where the base is detached from the walls of the coffin.
Figs. 1 & 2 An example of where the base is detached from the walls of the coffin.

 

Following on from Jill Saunders’ recent blog, The main event, the closing post in the series on the conservation of the iron coffin from St Bride’s looks at fixing the final problem of supporting the coffin base. Come and see the coffin for yourself in our Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men exhibition opening on 19 October. Read the full postRead the full post

The main event

By marketing on 26 Sep 2012
Fig. 1 An area of the preserved decoration featured on the exterior walls of the coffin, shown here at the head end.
Fig. 1 An area of the preserved decoration featured on the exterior walls of the coffin, shown here at the head end.

Following on from our recent blog post Coffin decoration & Mrs Campbell, Jill Saunders tells us more about the conservation work on the iron coffin from St Bride’s, focusing on the lacquering and consolidation of the main coffin. Read the full postRead the full post

Lacquering the lid

By marketing on 29 Aug 2012
Fig. 1 We fed the lid into the fume cupboard and used two Fumecubes to manage the harmful vapours from the solvent of the lacquer.
Fig. 1 We fed the lid into the fume cupboard and used two Fumecubes to manage the harmful vapours from the solvent of the lacquer.

Subsequent to Jill Saunders’ recent blog post, Name that fibre!, in this entry Jill covers the application of lacquer to the lid of the iron coffin from St Bride’s. Read the full postRead the full post

Name that fibre!

By marketing on 9 Aug 2012
 Fig. 1a Interior: Coarse textile
Fig. 1a Interior: Coarse textile

Following on from our recent blog post, Turning over a new lid, Jill Saunders’ latest entry reveals how scanning electron microscopy analysis helped identify the different materials, both on and inside the iron coffin from St Bride’s. Read on to find out more… Read the full postRead the full post