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Conserving Eurich’s ‘The Grain Ship’

Our paintings conservator Sarah Maisey talks us through the complex process of conserving a new painting for the Queen’s House displays. Right now in the paintings conservation studio I’m in the middle of working on a new acquisition, The Grain Ship by Richard Eurich, which will be on display in…

Death in the Archives: Taxidermy in The Queen’s House

Did you know that Taxidermy has links to The Queen’s House and the fine art collection on display within? It will also be a major part of our upcoming Death in the Archives event this Halloween.  The Queen’s House has many myths and legends that surround it, all who visit…

Preservation of nine bark cloths from the South Sea Islands

Origins of the bark cloths The nine bark cloths arrived at the museum less than a year ago, when the London Missionary Society (now part of the Council for World Mission) donated a large part of its historic collections to the National Maritime Museum. They are a little different from…

They also serve… World Wars veteran Reginald Dowler’s British Empire Medal

Researching medals can be fascinating. We recently acquired a British Empire Medal awarded to Reginald Vernon Dowler who served in both World Wars. Unusually, during both conflicts he was employed in roles that involved caring for others. He was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk in 1879, into a seafaring family. His…

Painting the strange: George Stubbs’s yak and rhinoceros

‘Our collection of plants was now grown so immensly large that it was necessary that some extraordinary care should be taken of them least they should spoil in the books. I therefore devoted this day to that business and carried all the drying paper, near 200 Quires of which the…