I am a final year Conservation of Cultural Heritage student studying at the University of Lincoln with a keen interest in textiles and ceramics. I chose to pursue conservation as it stresses the value of conserving what we deem as important to our society in regards to social, historical and aesthetic value. In addition to preserving information in a fast changing world for future generations, I hope to apply the valuable skill set gained through my time of study and practical work in future conservation work places.
Owner: Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln
The jacket produced using sheepskin dates to WWII and belonged to Arthur Hollis, Squadron Leader of 50 Squadron. The leather, created using double nappe, produced in Letchworth, reflects the ‘Leslie Irvin’ multi panelled construction, consisting of sub-divisions using seam lines. Fitted with high wrap around collars, cinched cuffs and zipper closures protected by wind flaps, the jacket provided great insulation in sub-zero conditions inside the cockpit. Treatment aimed to improve stability and aesthetic value, respecting historical, social and aesthetic integrity. The jacket was padded inside with tissue to provide additional support when previous thread work is removed. Lightly vacuuming the surface on low suction using muslin over the nozzle removed dust and dirt build up, decreasing discolouration. Soft bristle brushes and microfibre cloths combed through the surface further dislodged dirt particles and any insect frass.
Dampened conservation sponges were pressed to the surface while small doses of white spirit with distilled water were swabbed over the surface, avoiding tidemarks from excessive soaking, to remove dirt. Similar style thread, coloured using tea bags to retain the original aesthetic look, is re-stitched along areas of loss to reduce the amount of strain to the jacket. Electrolysis to remove rust and corrosion using a charge to not cause abrasion to, or removal of, metal to the object is advised.
RAF Flying Jacket
Oriental Porcelain Tea Set
Owner: Miss E Wilson
UL No. 19/045 - Teacup & saucer
UL No. 19/044 - Sugar pot & lid
UL No. 19/043 - Teapot & lid
The ceramic set produced using porcelain is decorated in an oriental style traditional to Chinese culture, with the function of dispensing tea for drinking. Hand painted and accompanied by gold gilded decoration, the design follows the evolution in the nineteenth century using small porcelain bowls applied with handles. Each piece in the set depicts the same group of female figures within a traditional Chinese garden while altering their positions. The aim of the treatment focuses on improving the aesthetic value while restoring stability by re-adhering missing fragments. Treatments follow the concept of minimal intervention where applicable, carried out by removing loose dirt deposits with soft bristle brushes for displacement with the addition of acetone or synperonic A7. Previous degraded adhesives are mechanically removed using a scalpel after being softened with thin Paramose dampened onto a cotton swab. In reference to the aesthetic value Calgon© and Biotex© and the steam cleaner set at a low pressure were applied to remove staining. Bleaching of break edges with 5% Hydrogen Peroxide and 5% Ammonia, dispensed onto cotton wool placed on the surface, reduced the amount of discolouration. No retouching to the gilded areas was carried out due to inappropriateness and the risk of abrasion.