Artificial flowers from 18th century

Artificial flowers from 18th century – Part 2

What you need to conserve artificial flowers? The leaves of the carnations are made of very fine paper and are in a delicate condition. They were gently vacuum cleaned using a soft brush to lift the dust and soil. On one of the carnations, only fragments of the paper strips once wrapped around the stem […]

Effigy dry cleaning labels, Westminster Abbey

For the last few months we have had the great privilege of examining and undressing some of the Royal Funeral Effigies from Westminster Abbey, as featured in a recent article in The Guardian. The effigies are being checked for pest activity and re-conserved in preparation for the Abbey’s wonderful new museum, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee […]