Conservator at the British Museum

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

Loretta Hogan records salt crystal growth on a 5000 year old clay tablet with a digital microscope.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Loretta Hogan records salt crystal growth on a 5000 year old clay tablet with a digital microscope. The montage software enables the conservator to capture good depth of focus. The Late Uruk tablet (ME140854) records the issuing of barley to officials, probably for beer making.


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

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British museum, Department of Conservation & Scientific Research. Coin Morning. Roman coins are cleaned in formic acid. The corrosion is dense but thin with good detail preserved underneath.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum, Department of Conservation & Scientific Research. Coin Morning. Roman coins are cleaned in formic acid. The corrosion is dense but thin with good detail preserved underneath. There are several thousand coins in this hoard and being able to use chemicals will speed up the cleaning process.


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

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation & Scientific Research. Chemical cleaning a Roman coin hoard. The coins are inspected regularly to avoid over cleaning. Many of the coins have retained a layer of silvering, like this coin of Claudius II Gothicus.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation & Scientific Research. Chemical cleaning a Roman coin hoard. The coins are inspected regularly to avoid over cleaning. Many of the coins have retained a layer of silvering, like this coin of Claudius II Gothicus.


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

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Lauren Buttle, student volunteer in the Pictorial Art section, has come on an informal visit to the workshop. Denise Ling shows her a terracotta figure (GR1863,0728.275) being reconstructed for a loan.

The work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Lauren Buttle, student volunteer in the Pictorial Art Section, has come on an informal visit to the workshop. Denise Ling shows her a terracotta figure (GR1863,0728.275) being reconstructed for a loan.


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

The Work of the Ceramics, Glass & metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research.Although 957 coins from one hoard were cleaned chemically on Coin We3dnesday, only 17 coins from another hoard where the corrosion is worse and the surfaces very crumbly were completed.

The Work of the Ceramics, Glass & Metals Section, British Museum Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Although 957 coins from one hoard were cleaned chemically on Coin Wednesday, only 17 coins from another hoard where the corrosion is worse and the surfaces very crumbly were completed. These had to be consolidated and cleaned individually under the microscope.