#Conservation Category

Art Nouveau Stencilled wallcoverings

Fifty six important stencilled textiles, grasspapers and wallcoverings from MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection are now available to students and researchers, following the completion of a major conservation project. We are grateful for the support of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) who made this project possible. the problem The stencilled materials were originally stored roughly […]

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Project: Floral Photographs of Japan

MoDA is currently seeking funding to conserve three historic albums of collotypes by pioneering Japanese photographer Kazumasa Ogawa.  These three albums – Lilies of Japan (1893), Chrysanthemums of Japan, (1893), and Some Japanese Flowers (1894) – are remarkable for the beauty of the images and for their close observation of nature. Who was Ogawa and […]

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(2019) Funded Conservation: Silver Studio Stencilled wallcoverings

This conservation project focused on original Art Nouveau stencilled wallcoverings on paper, grasspaper and textile.  They form part of MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection. As far as we know, no other institution holds similar or related materials, and no other artist or designer experimented with these particular combinations. These stencilled materials were made in the 1890s.  […]

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Elisabeth Randell: Conserving Transparent Paper

MoDA’s Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw supports students on the MA Conservation course at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, through placements and project work. Recently, Elisabeth Randell completed some conservation work for us as part of her course. She shares her experience here. I was fortunate enough to work on three […]

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(2016) Funded Conservation: Palladio Wallpapers

MoDA holds four Palladio wallpaper sample books, each featuring different designs. Other albums from the range are held at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the V&A in London. Large format wallpaper albums such as those in the Palladio range are difficult to handle because they are heavy, unwieldy, and fragile. But they are popular with […]

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Tracing Paper

MoDA’s Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, shares her knowledge of tracing papers. I recently attended a two day Conservation of Tracing Paper Workshop at Tate Britain lead by Hildegard Homburger, a paper conservator from Berlin with a great deal of experience in the conservation of architectural designs and art works on tracing paper.  The course […]

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(2014) Historic Magazines given new lease of life

 MoDA’s Preventive Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, explains how the magazine collection has recently become much more accessible to users. The collections of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture include some fantastic magazines dating from the early twentieth century.  They are frequently requested by students and researchers because they are interesting from a variety of […]

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(2014) MoDA’s books receive conservation attention

MoDA’s Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, talks about her recent work on the museum’s book collection. MoDA has over 2,000 books, some of which belonged to the Silver Studio, and others which have been acquired from other sources.  Some of them were part of the Silver Studio’s working reference library.  So for example we have books […]

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