The weather may have been a bit hit-and-miss, but we've had such a fantastic month! We've been thrilled to be involved in two large scale public events during May - Lindum Colonia Day and 1000 Years of Traditional Crafts. It was wonderful to meet and chat to so many people (of all ages!) who love history and heritage, and we spotted some real conservation talent for the future among our young visitors!

A few years ago, as a young Conservator, I worked as part of a team at Doddington Hall, near Lincoln. The team were tasked with documenting, taking down and preparing a set of 17th century Flemish tapestries for shipment to Belgium, where they would be washed to remove some  500 years of dirt. I'm delighted to say that next week WHConservation will be returning to Doddington to repeat the exercise on a second set of tapestries, and yesterday I went along to the Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle (where the first set of tapestries are being conserved) to get re-acquainted with the project.

If you've been following our blog, you'll remember our project to restore a cardboard ammunition box, dating to the American Civil War era (around 1865). We were asked by the box's owner - a private collector of historical ammunition - to restore it to a degree where it could once again be used to house the remaining ammunition rounds he had bought with it, so that it could return to the USA with him for a collector's event there this Spring. We, and he, were pleased with the results we were able to achieve. 

Most Conservators will have come across this at some point in their career: that awkward moment when you tell someone what you do for a living, and then have to explain that no, it actually has nothing to do with pandas, or trees, or elephants, or.... "You see," you say, "I'm a Conservator, not a Conservationist". However, the two things are not always mutually exclusive, and this week seems set to provide some rumblings in the on-off Conservation vs. Conservation debate, courtesy of the Royal Collection.

You might remember our previous blog - Project update: Civil War ammunition box. Well, the project is coming along well, and so we thought that you might like to see the progress we've been making. Although the object is only small, its particular needs mean that the conservation process can't be rushed. Each individual component of the "flat-pack" (or so we've taken to referring to the structural condition of the box as!) needs treating separately and, particularly 


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