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Conservation Glossary

Conservators who deal with paper and books have developed a particular set of terminology to describe materials and procedures. Here is a glossary of terms commonly used in conservation projects at MoDA.     Abrasion scratching or scraping away of the media or paper surface   Accretion matter attached to surface of item (eg biscuit […]

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Conserving Transparent Paper from the Silver Studio Collection

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 and shares her experience. I was fortunate enough to work on three transparent […]

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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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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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Protecting the Protectors

Freelance paper conservator, Michal Sofer, has been working on MoDA’s book collections for the past few months.  The project has raised some interesting questions, such as when does a wrapper designed to protect something acquire the status of something that itself needs to be protected? The project is aimed at improving the condition and housing […]

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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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Beautiful Books

We finally finished a major collection care project – the protective housing of over 400 books in our Domestic Design Collection. We were aiming to provide protection for vulnerable books during the move of the museum from Cat Hill to Beaufort Park near Colindale. We also wanted to make the books more accessible to students, […]

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