If you watched BBC One's "Fake or Fortune" last night, you can't help but have been left a bit dumbstruck by the revelations made, I suspect. The condensed version is this: businessman Martin Lang, in 1992, paid £100,000 for what he thought was an original work by renowned Modern artist Marc Chagall. As you can probably tell from my turn of phrase, it wasn't quite what he thought. This would be disappointing enough, but what happened next left me, on reflection, feeling distinctly uncomfortable.

We've recently been working on a project for a private collector, to conserve and restore a rather smashing (and rather smashed!) cardboard ammunition box, dating from the American Civil War era. I am, as ever, in awe that something so ordinary and so temporary (such things were never designed to be kept for posterity) should even exist today, but survive it has, albeit in a rather poor condition.

I don't know if, like me, you watched Suzanna Lipscomb's interesting look into domestic dangers in "Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home", but a Conservation student at the University of Lincoln has been doing her own research on a similar topic...

Recently I was invited to a talk hosted by the University of Lincoln, and led by Gyles Lingwood, principal lecturer from the faculty of Art, Architecture & Design. The subject was ideas - where do they come from? How are they made? Who comes up with them? - and I'll be honest, I had thought that I would find the content largely irrelevant to my profession. After all...


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"What Broken Pot?" workshop, National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford


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