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South Region Conservation Network visit to Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

The South Region Conservation Network chose 'Conservation for Military Collections' as the topic of its Spring 2015 meeting on 12 March, which was attended by 20 professionals working in the field of museum conservation. Mary Rose Museum, Royal Armouries, Isle of Wight Heritage Service, English Heritage, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Southampton City Council, freelance conservators and consultancies Brick House and Tankerdale were all represented.

The theme provided the hook for a fascinating and varied series of presentations:

  • Angela Middleton: Arms and Armour on shipwrecks. An overview of current shipwreck projects at English Heritage
  • Matt Hancock: The Hidden Collection of Negatives at Fort Nelson
  • Kate Gill: The Conservation, Mounting and Display of a set of Mandarin Military Dress
  • David Pearson: Removing problematic iron from a Mary Rose Gun Carriage
  • Sarah Howard: Making it happen!  Conservation in action at the Imperial War Museums, London
  • April Johnson, Lucy Partridge & Ambrose Scott-Moncrieff: The Conservation of Military paintings

In addition, Eleanor Schofield and Matt Hancock provided updates on  their recent Hampshire Solent Museum Development Training Bursary-supported courses, on Project Management and XRF X-ray respectively.

Matt provided a tour of the Conservation facilities at Fort Nelson and the event finished with a bang as one of the participants was chosen to fire the Fort's one o'clock gun.

Network coordinator Eleanor Schofield passed warm thanks to the hosts and all of the speakers for making it a very worthwhile event.

Want to get involved with the South Conservation Region Network? The discussion will continue on LinkedIn and at future events.

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