Thank you to everyone who came to our Stores Open Day on Saturday- we had over 200 people during the course of the day and got some lovely feedback! If you missed your chance last weekend then don’t worry- we’re planning another Open Day in September so watch out for details nearer the time!
Our team of conservation cleaners hard at work on Saturday.
One of the things visitors could see at the Stores on Saturday was a team of our amazing conservation cleaning volunteers. These volunteers have been trained in conservation cleaning which is a lot more fiddly and time consuming than ordinary cleaning- no metal polish allowed!
Every object is photographed before we begin!
The idea of conservation cleaning is to show any object off to its best advantage without removing any part of the object or any signs of it’s use or age so we have to start slowly and carefully.
When handling metal objects like this axe it’s important to wear gloves. The oils on your hands can cause real damage otherwise.
The team on Saturday were starting work on some of the weapons from our collection for our Art of Arms exhibition which will be opening in July.
Every bead on the shaft of this spear will have to be cleaned individually using a small cotton bud!