I was lucky enough to get a ticket on a rare tour of the conservation department in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
It was incredible to see what goes on behind the scenes in caring for objects.
Above: restoration of The Great Bookcase by William Burges.
Below: painstaking restoration of a crewel-work bed hanging, representing the tree of life …. if memory serves, from the 18th century I think. Years of work have gone into this to date, and there’s more to do; I hope in a few years time to revisit the Ashmolean to see it all done and on display.
After the visit, I was looking at exhibits with new eyes … thinking about what it takes to keep the objects in beautiful condition.
Like the below … imagine being the person responsible for polishing ALL that silver (and more) and keeping the environment in the case to minimise tarnish.