Monthly Archives: December 2013

Desalinating archaeological ceramics

The problem with salts Breakage, chipped edges, flaked off glaze or slip, detached handles etc. are common and very obvious types of damage that we often find in museum ceramic collections. But there are also more hidden risks for archaeological ceramics that have been buried in the ground for centuries. Soluble salts that have travelled […]

Conversation starters

Recently we asked our museum’s professional photographer to take some images of our objects. Photographs of museum objects tend to look very similar, with the intention of recording an object at its best without any distortions or areas in shade. The resulting images tend to be very serious in appearance and a little uninspiring. These […]

Conservation of a milk bowl from Cyprus

Object Name: milk bowl Dimensions: after reconstruction: height: 100mm   diameter: 235mm Age: Cypriot early Bronze Age Description: Red slipware milk bowl with a long spout and a small handle opposite the spout; round base. The bowl was broken into six pieces on receipt in the conservation lab, two of the breaks seemed fairly recent. The […]

A new hello from the conservation labs

Hi, my name is Sarah and I have taken over from Kirstie who left the museum for pastures new. I am from Germany and trained there as a conservator of archaeological objects and decorative arts. I started at RAMM in 2009 on a conservation student placement and have been working here on and off ever […]

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We’re back!

Hello from me and the rest of the team! Due to unforeseen circumstances it’s been almost a year since you last heard from us.  But I’m very glad to say we’re back and the project is up and running for its second year of important work. Sadly over the last year we had to say […]