Come and spend a day with the Staffordshire Hoard Conservators….
Our first task the morning before the museum opened to the public, was to access the cases in the Hoard Gallery and remove some objects we are preparing for catalogue photography.
Whenever we move fragments to different locations, i.e. from the gallery to the conservation studio, we update our audit lists. The Hoard is displayed across 4 sites – Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery – Stoke-on-Trent, Tamworth Castle and Lichfield Cathedral, which means keeping track of the each of the 4000 fragments is vitally important.
Next, we made the first of our many daily trips to the Hoard safe to collect some more objects to be worked on.
We are currently in the process of grouping associated fragments, so we can join and rehouse them together. This ensures the pieces are kept together for future study and has the added benefit of reducing storage space.
We finished our Hoard day by hanging out some washing from yesterday’s very muddy Festival of Archaeology….
Lizzie Miller & Kayleigh Fuller
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