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Remembrance Day – “Many there be that have no memorial”

On Remembrance Day we look at the conservation of two memorial busts ‘intended to record the rank and file who have gained no mention or special distinction’. “Many there be that have no memorial, whose righteous deeds shall not be forgotten” This was the intended inscription that was to accompany…

 Conserving a 200 year old flag from the Battle of Trafalgar

Nicola Yates, Senior Textile Conservator, talks about the fascinating process of conserving a 200 year old flag from the Battle of Traflagar. After a lengthy acquisition process we are really pleased to see the Union flag from HMS Minotaur on display in the Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery alongside Nelson’s Trafalgar…

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…

Photo of the Week – Eclipse of the Sun

Emily from our Photo Studio has been looking at some amazing 1919 glass plates from our collection.  This week we were inspired by three glass plates from 1919 of the eclipse of the Sun. The glass plates are 8” x 10” and very fragile; in spite of having had object handling training…

Can you help identify this mystery vessel?

Our conservation team have been treating one of the many beautiful models in our collection, but can you help identify what it is? Sometimes, even with our wealth of expertise in all things maritime, a model will come along that has us completely foxed.  Perhaps you can help? The conservation department…