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

Crypt to Laboratory

By other museum staff on 13 Jun 2012

Following on from last week’s Conservation Introduction blog, Intern Jill Saunders explains how the iron coffin was transported from the crypt at St Bride’s to the laboratory here at the Museum. Find out more below… Once our treatment proposal had been approved, the next task of the Conservation Department was to work out how to safely transport the coffin and its lid from the crypt at St Bride’s, Fleet Street to the laboratory at the Museum of London, London Wall. Due to the size and weight of the object, we also had to make sure that we could accommodate it, […]

Protecting the bodies of the dead

By other museum staff on 30 Apr 2012

On 19 October 2012 the Museum of London will open Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men, which will explore the early 19th century history of human dissection and the trade in dead bodies. Osteologist and exhibition curator Jelena Bekvalac talks about the work currently being undertaken for this major exhibition. In 2006 archaeological excavations by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) took place on site at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel revealing an area of burial ground – used for a short period of time from c.1825-1840 – which had long since been forgotten. Significantly the passing of the 1832 Anatomy […]