Conservation

Post by Claire Dantin, Conservation intern 2016-17 (NLI’s conservation internship is jointly funded by the Heritage Council) For a conservator, understanding the original materials of an item before any conservation treatment is essential. I recently conserved 4 albums containing beautiful prints and drawings of Irish castles by James Stark Fleming (1834-1922). Some of the earliest […]

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Post by Heraldic collection conservator Louise O’Connor Science plays a central role in modern conservation of cultural heritage. By understanding the chemical structure of materials, a conservator can document the condition and potential degradation of historic objects, as shown in our last post. Now we’d like to show how conservators address damage in heraldic manuscripts […]

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Post by Heraldic collection conservator Louise O’Connor All organic materials degrade. Historic manuscripts are handmade, unique artefacts combining parchment, paper, animal glues, pigments, inks, threads and leather. Unless left untouched in an oxygen free environment, these components may lose strength, discolour and can fall apart! Treating unique and degraded manuscripts can be a key part […]

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