(2006) Funded Conservation: Silver Studio designs
We recruited a group of conservation student volunteers from Camberwell College of Arts. They sorted through the collection, undertaking surface cleaning of items, placing designs in melinex sleeves where appropriate. They also wrote brief condition reports on each item. Around 300 designs with friable media (chalks, charcoal, brittle paint surfaces) were separated from the collection during this process, so that an alternative storage method could be devised.
We recruited conservator Ikuko Takeyama to work alongside our Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, on the designs that were unsuitable to be placed in melinex sleeves. Instead, Emma and Ikuko developed a window-mounting system which was important to protect the delicate surface of the designs.
The newly mounted or sleeved designs were placed into appropriately-sized archival boxes, so that they can be retrieved for users safely and with ease. This project made more of the Silver Studio designs available to researchers and students, making it possible to see and handle them without damaging them.
The experience gained during this project also helped us to secure a much large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council later in 2006.