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Liz Goodman and Luisa Duarte (MOLA): From Caesar to Victoria – conserving diverse objects

We are two of archaeological conservators that work for MOLA. We mainly work on archaeological material excavated by the unit, but every once in a while we get to conserve objects that belong to other organisations.

This morning we have been finishing these modern objects. As you can see, they are not particularly archaeological. One is a nitrous oxide inhaler and the other is a wooden box containing anaesthetic equipment from a social history collection.

Inhaler

Inhaler

Interesting use of a Victorian half penny

Interesting use of a Victorian half penny

Clamping the wooden box

Clamping the wooden box

We started them yesterday, as the adhesive in the joins has to set over night. In the case of the broken rubber tubing, Luisa is reinforcing the break with red-coloured nylon gossamer to make sure it doesn’t break again. And Liz is trying to hold a difficult warped join in place. Fingers crossed they will hold.

However we never stray far from our true love:

Archaeology!

This Friday afternoon we have been prepping medium-sized Roman wood for treatment in polyethylene glycol (PEG) where they will stay for the next 12 to 18 months. After the PEG treatment they will go into our freeze drier.

Recording wood before PEG treatment

Recording wood before PEG treatment

Some of the recorded wood waiting for PEG bath

Some of the recorded wood waiting for PEG bath

Caution! Wood conservation may cause harmful effects to your mental state!

Caution! Wood conservation may cause harmful effects to your mental state!