Emerging Professionals Trip to Edinburgh Castle

Icon Scotland (ISG) organized an event this March to bring together students and emerging professionals while learning about conservation at Edinburgh Castle.  The event, subsidised by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), allowed for students to explore Scotland’s heritage while gaining inside knowledge of how such properties are managed and cared for.  It was also an opportunity to bring together the upcoming cohort of conservators, who came from across Scotland and England to attend the event.

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Emerging professionals outside Edinburgh Castle

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‘Broken Pieces’ Podcast

Chloe Medghalchi, an intern at the Centre for Research Collections (CRC), University of Edinburgh, creates interesting and thoughtful podcasts based on items in the University’s wide ranging collections. Chloe interviews staff members and carries out her own  research to gain a better understanding of the material held by the CRC. She then writes, records and edits the podcasts which bring together different objects around a weekly theme.

She recently released this excellent podcast entitled ‘Broken Pieces’ which explores issues surrounding restoration, conservation, and the value of an item when it is broken. You can listen to the podcast using the link below. Keep an ear out for committee member Emily Hick, who is a Project Conservator at the CRC – she pops up throughout the episode!

You can listen to more podcasts from this series here.


Paper Conservators in Scotland news and ideas exchange

After the success of last year’s event, and by popular demand we are holding another ‘Paper conservators in Scotland news and ideas exchange’

When: 1pm for 1.30pm start, Wednesday 4th May 2016

Where: Centre for Research Collections, 6th Floor, University of Edinburgh Library, 30 George Square

Cost: Free! Refreshments included.

This event is designed to be an informal opportunity for us to get together to share news and information about our current work. We are looking for 5 minute presentations where you can talk about a topic that you think paper colleagues would be interested to hear about. We invite paper people of all levels of experience to contribute, and are hoping to have a very supportive and non judgemental afternoon.

There will be tea and coffee at the start, at the end, and the in the middle, so there will be plenty of opportunity to chat to colleagues.

Your topic might be about

  • A challenging or complex treatment you are involved with
  • An interesting detail of a treatment
  • A conservation problem you are faced with at work that you would like colleagues’ ideas on
  • A new technique or piece of equipment that you have been using

In May 2015 topics included

  • A demonstration of lining with a hikkake pitching stick
  • The challenges of preparing collections for digitisation
  • Working with embossed paper: a discussion around treatment proposals for rolled squeezes

Presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes. To help on the technical side we would like people to send digital submissions for their presentations in advance to Ruth Honeybone who is hosting the event (email to  ruth.honeybone@ed.ac.uk).

The space is limited to about 30 people. We are hoping that up to 20 presentations will be given. Please send requests to present / attend to helencreasy@gmail.com

Don’t be shy! There are lots of us paper conservators in Scotland and we meet up all too rarely. We hope that this event will, like last year, connect us better so we can support and help each other in the future. Read a review of last year’s event here.

Paper Conservators Event at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Paper Conservators Event last year at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Best of the Blogs – February 2016

1.Orkney Jar

If you are interested in archaeology in Orkney, this is the website to visit. Following the discovery of a second Viking grave last month, this article describes a geophysical survey of the area to look for other burial sites.

2. BBC News

A digital reconstruction of Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom in Arles’ created by the Art Institute of Chicago, shows how the painting would have looked before the pigments had faded.

3. Bowes Museum

Delicate conservation of an 18th century ‘fashion’ doll is described in this informative blog.

4. Artlyst

Anish Kapoor has acquired exclusive rights to the blackest of black pigments. Should this be allowed?

5. British Museum

A humble copper cauldron hides hidden delights under it’s corroded exterior in this revealing blog.