I am a senior conservation officer at the British Museum, working in the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section. I work mainly on archaeological material and I have special responsibility for coins going through the Treasure process.

The Work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research

The work of Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 5. Conservator Denise Ling replaces the (not original) dowel that joints the moveable arms of an early 1st century terracotta Oriental Aphrodite from Turkey (1893,0915.7). The figurine has a magnificent hair style and remains of gilding and several colours of paint, but the focus is on her massive platform shoes. She is part of the travelling exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.

The work of Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 5. Conservator Denise Ling replaces the (not original) dowel that joints the moveable arms of an early 1st century terracotta Oriental Aphrodite from Turkey (1893,0915.7). The figurine has a magnificent hair style and remains of gilding and several colours of paint, but the focus is on her massive platform shoes. She is part of the travelling exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.


The Work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research

The work of Ceramic, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 6. The copper alloy inlaid eyelashes of the coffin of Nestawedjet, a lady from the 25th Dynasty in Thebes, had corroded and research scientist Quanyu Wang wanted a sample of the corrosion. Organic conservators were already repairing the inside of the coffin lid (1880,0130.1.a) so the sample had to be taken upside down by mirror image.

The work of Ceramic, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 6. The copper alloy inlaid eyelashes of the coffin of Nestawedjet, a lady from the 25th Dynasty in Thebes, had corroded and research scientist Quanyu Wang wanted a sample of the corrosion. Organic conservators were already repairing the inside of the coffin lid (1880,0130.1.a) so the sample had to be taken upside down by mirror image.


The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals Section at the British Museu

The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals Section at the British Museum 1. Wrong footed! Working on a New Kingdom wine jar (1930,0614.22) for an international loan, conservator Sarahi Naidorf finds that over painting has been used to tone in a base fragment from another jar. The jar was bought at auction in 1930.

1. Wrong footed! Working on a New Kingdom wine jar (1930,0614.22) for an international loan, conservator Sarahi Naidorf finds that over painting has been used to tone in a base fragment from another jar. The jar was bought at auction in 1930

 

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals conservation section at the British Museum 2. Conservator Loretta Hogan works on a black-figure amphora (1847,0806.26) bought by the museum in 1847. The very old reconstruction has too much paint and plaster spread over the original ceramic.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals conservation section at the British Museum 2. Conservator Loretta Hogan works on a black-figure amphora (1847,0806.26) bought by the museum in 1847. The very old reconstruction has too much paint and plaster spread over the original ceramic.


The Work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research

The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 4. Stefka Bargazova paints the fill of a 14th century floor tile from Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire (1947,0505.4390). The tile is part of the BM collection being moved to updated storage.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 4. Stefka Bargazova paints the fill of a 14th century floor tile from Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire (1947,0505.4390). The tile is part of the BM collection being moved to updated storage.

The work of Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 5. Conservator Duygu Camurcuoglu smooths the fill of a Romano-British pot from Stonea Grange (1985,0201.1190). The pot is part of the travelling exhibition Rome: City and Empire.

The work of Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 5. Conservator Duygu Camurcuoglu smooths the fill of a Romano-British pot from Stonea Grange (1985,0201.1190). The pot is part of the travelling exhibition Rome: City and Empire.


The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum

The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 3. Every Wednesday every metals conservator in the museum should work on coins going through the Treasure process. So far this year we have cleaned about 9000 coins. maickel van Bellegem is cleaning a Constantine period coin from a block lifted hoard.  The soil block is being excavated as an indoors mini-dig.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass and Metals conservators at the British Museum 3. Every Wednesday every metals conservator in the museum should work on coins going through the Treasure process. So far this year we have cleaned about 9000 coins. Maickel van Bellegem is cleaning a Constantine period coin from a block lifted hoard. The soil block is being excavated as an indoors mini-dig.


Digging in the Lebanon

My name is Pippa Pearce and I am a British Museum conservator on a dig in the Lebanon run jointly by the BM and Lebanese archaeologists. I have been taking pictures all day to record Archaeology day here but my internet connection is dodgy. I will try and upload them when I can.

The site is Sidon in modern day Saida. The dig director is Claude Doumet Serhal and the on site representative from the British Museum is Sarah Collins. The dig has funding from a number of interested institutions & individuals, many of them based in the Lebanon.