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Umpleby S.,Museum of London
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As part of the recent relocation, redisplay, and reopening of the University of Dundee's D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to the University's Carnelley Building, a number of Natural History specimens were selected for display which required conservation treatment. It was necessary to recreate large missing sections of the ears of a Fox specimen. The ears were built up in stages from remaining ears of the specimen using torn strips of Japanese paper coated in reversible PVA adhesive. During the conservation of a Caimen specimen it was necessary to reconstruct the missing section of the end of the tail in order for the specimen to appear complete for display. To reconstruct the missing tail section correctly the appearance and extent of the tail in its complete state was determined. The conservation of a Rhea specimen necessitated the repair of tears and losses to the skin at the legs. The infills and repairs to the surfaces of the legs and feet were color-matched to the surrounding color and texture of the specimen with acrylic paints. Source

Gardiner H.,British Museum | Ganiaris H.,Museum of London
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Gerhard Eggert and Andrea Fischer from State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart, organized a series of focused, popular colloquia covering a range of conservation issues. The theme for the 2015 event was glass Deterioration, with a particular focus on glass-induced metal corrosion. The colloquium was organized in association with the Glass Deterioration Group of the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group. It was a well-paced event with lively discussions, and plenty of opportunities to meet speakers and delegates from across Europe and America. Source

Bromley A.,Museum of London | Tice R.,Knowledge Integration Ltd.
Proceedings - 2010 IEEE 4th International Conference on Semantic Computing, ICSC 2010

One of the main issues facing museums when addressing the requirement for making their collections data available publically (both internally and on the web) is to enable a flexible approach to capturing extended descriptive data as part of core collections management processes. Additionally there needs to be greater flexibility in making data (both curatorial and contextual within specific projects) available to be shared/reused with a variety of internal and external services, each of which may have different requirements. The Museum of London has tackled this issue by choosing to implement 'The Collections Online Delivery System' (CDS), of which the Collections Information Integration Module (CIIM) is a part. This paper describes the business and workflow changes together with the technical implementation, successes, failures and lessons learned during the current (and ongoing) implementation of the CIIM. The output from the CIIM is already being used to provide a subset of content via terminals in the new 'Galleries of Modern London' (opened in spring 2010) and will be rolled out as a web presence (Collections online) by November 2010. © 2010 IEEE. Source

Ganiaris H.,Museum of London | Barham L.,Museum of London Archaeology | Goodman L.,Museum of London Archaeology
Journal of the Institute of Conservation

Selected archaeological iron from waterlogged contexts excavated from London sites in the 1980s and 1990s was assessed to look at the effects on its condition of desiccated storage without treatment. Data from iron examined in previous surveys were reviewed in the context of this new assessment. This research demonstrates that, although some low level corrosion is realistically to be expected, the iron was in good condition. This may be partly due to low chloride content, as well as desiccated storage and supportive packing. Current research in a number of institutions continues to look at optimum approaches to treatment and storage of iron, and their relative benefits. It was decided that desiccated storage of iron rather than treatment should continue but the approach remains open to review, with cost-benefit analysis a key part in future assessments in the next 5-10 years. © 2012 Icon, The Institute of Conservation. Source

Williams V.S.,University of Leicester | Doyle A.M.,Museum of London
Palaeontologia Electronica

Fine-scale surface texture analysis of teeth has become increasingly useful for anthropologists and palaeontologists to infer diet and jaw mechanics in fossil animals. We describe a fast, non-abrasive and residue free method for the removal of resistant consolidant from fossil teeth. The method utilises solvent gels, and its use is a significant improvement over previous techniques, particularly where microwear analysis is to be performed. The method adapts techniques originally developed by art conservators for the removal of varnish from oil paintings without damaging the oil paint beneath. A combination of Carbopol (a water soluble acrylic polymer) and Ethomeen (a polyoxyethylene cocoamine detergent) allows solvents such as acetone and ethanol to be suspended in a gel for application to consolidant coated tooth surfaces. Key advantages are that dissolved consolidant is lifted away from the tooth surface into the solvent gel and a high degree of control is possible such that small discrete areas can be cleaned of consolidant. Because the solvents are held within a gel, cleaning of the tooth surface can be performed without the need for a fume hood. © Society for Vertebrate Paleontology November 2010. Source

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