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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…

Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

Museum Cakes – inspiration from the collection

On top of her work for our Photo Studio, Emily has been bringing another amazing talent to the museum. She’s been recreating our collection – in cake form!  For the past year I have been making and decorating cakes inspired by the Museum’s collections. It started with a Nelson cake and…

Ship models – magnificent Mauretania

Today’s post was written by our Curator of Ship History, John Graves. He looks at one of the finest and most intriguing models in our collection – this magnificent model of the Mauretania.  It is easy to take for granted old favourites in the national collection and the National Maritime Museum’s model…