Megan O'Connor, Conservation intern

RAMM conservation intern Megan O’Connor wanted to share her experience of object conservation and the RAMM Leventis Project: Why conserve museum objects? The RAMM Leventis Project was conceived to provide access to the Greek and Cypriot collections at RAMM to people in Devon, the UK, and around the world. A key part of making objects […]

Corinthian helmet

There are always objects in a museum’s collection that stand out to visitors – maybe because they are especially shiny, or unusually small or big, or because they are associated with a famous place or person. One of the most popular items in RAMM’s Greek collection is this Corinthian helmet, a type of armour worn by […]

Cypriot charioteer ad horses figure

One of the many things I discovered during my time at the British Museum (see my earlier post) was the wider significance of objects in our collections here at RAMM. Among our collection are objects from a temple site at Idalion (Idalium), which was excavated by Sir Robert Hamilton Lang in the late 19th century. […]

Conserved Cup

Object Name:  Black slip ware cup Dimensions: After reconstruction: Height: 71mm Width: 113mm Provenance: Bronze Age, Greek Description: Small cup with two handles (one missing), with a red/brown slip. On the bottom of the vessel is written ‘Idalium Cyprus’ and a label ‘547’. The cup is broken into four pieces with one handle missing. There are […]

The British Museum

Last week I spent a week working behind the scenes at the British Museum. Each year they host five individual museum staff as part of their Knowledge Exchange scheme, and this year I was lucky to be chosen as one of the participants. I chose to spend my time in the Department of Greece and […]

Conserved Glass Beaker

Object Name: Glasss beaker Provenance: Roman period, found in Cyprus Dimensions: Height: 95mm Width: 78mm  Description: Glass beaker broken into 8 pieces, with 99% surface weathering (pale beige). Inside the base piece there are loose dark grey dust deposits and a small amount of salt deposits. The surface has localised areas of irridescence.  Treatment: The […]

Conserved figure of a horse

Object Name: Figure of a horse, ancient Cypriot Dimensions:  Body: Height: 38mm Length: 55mm Width: 24mm                                 Head: Height: 36mm Length: 33mm Description:  Ceramic model of a horse,  possibly a toy.  Pale soft surface, previously repaired and misaligned, head has become detached, staining on one of the ears. One of the saddle ‘foot holders’ had been previously re-adhered, […]

The old museum storeroom

Behind the scenes update You may have noticed that we’ve been very quiet recently. For the last eight weeks we have been very busy moving some of the Archaeology collections from their current storeroom into a new purpose-built store on the other side of the city. Before the objects were moved a team of staff spent weeks […]

Conserved cup

Object Name: Drinking cup (cantharos) Dimensions: Height: 123 mm Width: 188 mm  Description:  Ceramic black slip ware drinking cup broken into five pieces. Both handles broken and previously repaired. One of the handles is approximately 90% replicated from plaster.  Treatment:  The cup was surface cleaned using smoke sponge (vulcanized rubber), the break edges were cleaned with acetone cotton […]

Ceramic vessel after conservation

Object name: Greek ceramic vessel Dimensions: 1) 66.5 mm x 45.0 mm, 2) 73.0 mm x 66.8 mm, 23.0 mm x 23.0 mm, 4) 23.0 mm x 20.0 mm, 5) 11.0 mm x 19.0 mm, 6) 27.0 mm x 18.0 mm, 7) 33 mm x 41 mm Age: Unknown Description: The vessel is small, rounded, […]