Our Day: Conservation in Action

on Saturday, 16 November 2019.

"Our day" for the conservators at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is always interesting. 

A common job within our object lab is removal of corrosion from archaeological finds.

This Roman coin, from a hoard of over 1200, is having its corrosion painstakingly removed using a scalpel under magnification, ready for display at Athelstan Museum. 

This video shows a piece of thin Japanese tissue being shaped and cut to support a weak area of paper. This is done by placing the tissue on top of some thick polyester and tracing the shape using a needle. It is then adhered to the back of the document using gelatin. Gelatin is not always used but in this case the document has a type of ink called Iron Gall ink that is best treated with gelatin rather than other types of adhesives. A release paper is then smoothed over the top before the area is sandwiched with blotter and weighted down to aid drying.

If you would like to find out more about conserving and caring for your own family photographs, keepsakes and treasures book onto one of our FREE Conservation Surgeries held at WSHC every month. For more information contact the help desk on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9.30-5pm).

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