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Conservation Studios

Discover how separate conservation studios at the Museum specialise in different disciplines such as textiles, folklife, archaeology, furniture, applied arts and ceramics.


Remedial conservation involves the treatment of objects from the collections and is extremely time consuming. It can involve such things as:

  • Cleaning
  • Strengthening of fragile objects
  • Revealing surface decoration
  • Scientific investigation

These treatments are carried out by staff with specialist training in a number of separate conservation disciplines, including textiles, folklife, natural history, archaeology, furniture, applied arts and ceramics (with glass and stone), operating in separate studios within the overall umbrella of the Conservation Department. Find out more about each studio:

 

Furniture Studio

Furniture Studio

Find out how the Furniture Collection is cared for

Archaeology Studio

Archaeology Studio

See how the Archaeology Studio manages conservation of metals, waterlogged wood and leather and bone.

Textile Studio

Textile Studio

Discover how the Textile Studio treats textile objects and materials ranging from archaeological textiles to contemporary fashions.

Folklife Studio

Folklife Studio

Discover how the Folklife Studio treats social history and folk art objects.

Applied Art Studio

Applied Art Studio

Discover how the Applied Art Studio conserves social history and decorative objects.