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Zig-zagging : how to confuse the enemy at sea

This zig-zag clock – a rare object from the Second World War, now on display at Royal Observatory Greenwich – was part of a Top Secret, and incredibly dangerous, defence tactic used by Allied convoys throughout the Battle of the Atlantic, the fiercest naval struggle in modern history. An unusual timepiece,…

Conservation of a Lewis Mark I Machine Gun

I am currently undertaking a year long internship in Metalwork Conservation at Royal Museums Greenwich. This amazing opportunity has been generously funded and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I have recently undertaken the conservation of a Lewis Mark 1 machine gun (AAA2603) for display in our new gallery Forgotten…

Not all is what it seems…

On Monday I started work at the National Maritime Museum. So far it has been wonderful – everyone is very welcoming and interested in the project, and working in such a historically laden place is absolutely great. This Wednesday was the most exciting day of the week, as I was…

Conservation of a pair of Siebe Gorman weighted diving boots

Whilst undertaking my internship in the Metals Conservation studio at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, part of my duties involve regular visits to the stores. On a routine inspection of one of the sections, the discovery of these interesting objects quickly caught my attention. A pair of weighted brass and…

The Heritage Lottery Fund funded Conservation Skills Initiative is underway at the NMM

The Conservation Skills Initiative (CSI) has been created to give recently graduated conservation students or those from the crafts field with a keen interest in conservation, experience working with skilled conservators on significant objects of the nation’s heritage at the National Maritime Museum’s Conservation Department. The project is funded by…