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.
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.
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.
The peculiar challenges of conserving an artwork made from tortillas!
To conserve or not to conserve, that is the question. This interesting article explains why a conservator may choose not to carry out treatment and the benefits of damage.
2. Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History
This useful website provides guidelines on how to create storage solutions for all types of heritage objects. Guidelines are submitted by collection care professionals from all over the world, and you can upload your own innovative solutions too.
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Find out how antibody research has been used in the conservation of a polychrome sculpture in this fascinating article.
4. Conversations on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Browse through 20 posters produced by students of UCL’s Masters programme ‘Principles of Conservation’. These offer fresh perspectives on a range of subjects, such as ‘The Illicit Trade of Antiquities in Cambodia’, ‘Vandalism and Art’, and ‘Artist Intent and the Interview in Practise’.
5. Getty Conservation Institute
If you have a spare 10 minutes, make sure you watch this excellent video on the conservation of modern paints.
Crowd-sourcing conservation at the University of St Andrews and the development of software for assessing and tracking of digitisation work in this month’s best of the blogs….
The redevelopment of Kelvin Hall and renovations at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are featured in this month’s best of the blogs. Exciting new discoveries in Cramond and fantastic videos from National Museums Scotland and the American Institute of Conservation are also highlighted this month.
1. Scottish Museums Federation
An excellent review of the new exhibition at NMS ‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’
2. Bowes Museum
Read all about a collaborative project to rehouse a collections of 164 dolls at the Bowes Museum
3. Chester Beatty Library
A brand new blog from the Chester Beatty Library, follow this now to keep up to date with what’s happening at the library! This article talks about conserving a collection of Indian miniature paintings
4. Historic Royal Palaces
Watch textile conservators at Historic Royal Palaces wash a 17th Century tapestry in a specially built bath for large textiles in this revealing video.
Saving work by Scottish Artists and articles on the history of food, drink and textiles in Scotland are featured in this month’s best of the blogs.
1. Paisley on the Web
Did you know that the ‘Paisley’ pattern did not originate in Paisley? It was originally used on shawls in Kashmir and cheap imitations were produced in this Scottish town, resulting in the term. Find out more on the fascinating history of this pattern and of Paisley on this website.
2. The Art Newspaper
Celebrated mosaics by Leith born artist, Eduardo Paolozzi, displayed at Tottenham Court Road tube have been saved from destruction and will be restored at Edinburgh University. Find out more here.
3. Museum and Heritage Advisor
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s interior for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms in Glasgow will be conserved, restored and displayed as part of a joint project between Glasgow Museums and V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Find out how it was saved and when it will be seen again in this article.
4. National Library of Scotland
From 12 June to 8 November, the National Library of Scotland are running an exhibition entitled “Lifting the lid: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland”. See all the hard work that went into installing an exhibition in this fantastic time lapse video. Click on the link above for exhibition details.
1. Stirling Archives
Celebrating 40 years open to the public, Stirling Archives has created a fantastic new blog with posts discussing 40 key items in their collection.
2. Art Net
The Buddhas of Bamiyan, two monumental 6th-century statues that were destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, were brought back to life this month via light projections. Beautiful images of the statues and a video of the projection can be found in the article.
3. University of Aberdeen
Two interesting objects are the focus of this article by Marion Gouriveau, an intern at the University of Aberdeen. Read her account of conserving a miniature book and snail made from papier-mâiché.
4. National Museum of the American Indian
The conservation of a delightful looking incense burner is discussed in this article. Just looking at this is guaranteed to make you smile!
5. The Bowes Museum
Another burning issue is highlighted in this article by the Bowes Museum. It describes salvage training following a fire delivered by the Conservation Advisory Network at the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters.
Unusual and unwanted objects are the focus of this month’s ‘Best of the Blogs’. A mysterious object found in the Staffordshire Hoard, a reverse glass print, an Afghan coat and Museum Freecycle are discussed in the articles below….
Hidden cities, medieval texting and preventative conservation on a budget in this month’s best of the blogs!
1. AIM Museums
An inspiring article preventative conservation of a Tudor house thanks to a conservation grant from the Association of Independent Museums
2. Medieval Books
Ever wondered how we survived without mobile phones? Find out how they texted in medieval times!
3. University of Glasgow
The preparation for an exhibition of valuable incunabula is described in this blog
4. Heritage Calling
Click here for some fantastic visualisations of underground cities in Nottingham
5. London Korean Links
Did you miss out on the recent Icon ‘Adapt and Evolve’ conference? Read about a fascinating workshop on the making and dying of Korean paper held at the V&A organised as a part of this event