Happy Birthday to us!

Our blog is now 1 year old! Over the past year, we have published 44 articles, and our site has be visited by 3,447 people, with a total of 6,299 views. A big thank you to all those who have submitted articles, posted comments, shared, liked and viewed this site.

This year, we would like to post even more fantastic articles about conservation in Scotland. If you would like to contribute, get in touch! We’d love to hear about any conservation related project you are involved in – all disciplines welcome. Have a look at this post for some ideas, and here are some brief guidelines for articles.

If you have any comments, suggestions or thoughts on what you would like to see in this blog, feel free to post your ideas below.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Happy birthday to us!

‘Adhesives for Parchment Treatment’

This fascinating blog on a workshop hosted by the National Records of Scotland was originally posted on ‘The Book and Paper Gathering’, an excellent resource for the book and paper conservation community. Check it out now!

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‘Adhesives for Parchment Treatment’

A training day at the National Records of Scotland Conservation Services Branch with Antoinette Curtis and Yuki Russell

Author’s note: I am very grateful to Antoinette Curtis for generously offering to review the lines that follow. It is now a few weeks since Antoinette retired (congratulations!) and I feel so glad to have had the chance to benefit not only from the latest fruits of her smart research, but also from the example of the craftsman’s attitude with which that research has been pursued. I owe the same degree of gratitude to Head of Conservation Linda Ramsay and colleagues at the National Records of Scotland.

Following on from the success of the ARA training day on adhesives held at General Register House of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) on 5 November 2014, Antoinette Curtis and Yuki Russell, from the Norfolk Record Office (NRO), were invited to visit…

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Best of the Blogs – January

How do you save your valuables following a flood, and how do you conserve an artwork made from tortillas?! Find out in this month’s ‘Best of the Blogs’….

1. Special Collections Learning, University of Aberdeen

Following the recent floods across the UK, this post provides useful advice on how to salvage personal papers, books and photographs.

2. The Past on Glass

This revealing post examines the digitisation of photographs and the ethics of retouching.

3. National Museums Scotland

Ahead of ten new galleries opening up this Summer, the conservators at National Museums Scotland have been working hard to get more than 3,500 objects ready for display. Read all about the conservation of the travelling service of the Emperor Napoleon’s sister, Princess Pauline Borghese, in this excellent blog.

4. Veritable Hokum

This colourful infographic shows how historical pigments are formed.

5. Guggenheim

The peculiar challenges of conserving an artwork made from tortillas!