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…

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…

Conservation of a shipwreck-recovered sextant

In the corner of a vast store was a navigation instrument, whose history deserves to be revisited. It has not been used in any major battles, nor did it belong to any great commander. It served ordinary seamen on-board a trawler and it tells the story of the bravery of…