Delving deeply at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre … yet again!
Now that Sue and I are both members of the Friends of the Royal Greenwich Museums, we get regular invitations to special events and the series of ‚Delve Deeper‘ tours that are run at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre.
The most recent of these took place on Tuesday evening, and concentrated on the preservation of the wide range of paper and paper-based items held in the museums‘ huge collections. We were taken around by Professor Tania Kovats of the University of Dundee and Emmanuelle Largeteau, the paper conservation manager of the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Our tour started in the meeting room near the entrance to the Centre. We passed through the main doors …
… and were taken to one of the 3D object storage rooms, …
…where Professor Kovats showed us several items of particular interest, including a Georgian jigsaw map that was made from printed paper on thin wood.
She also showed and talked to us about several other items, included views of Trieste and Venice as seen and painted from the sea and a view of Venice drawn by the famous Victorian sea artist William Lionel Wyllie.
We were then taken to one of the picture storage rooms, …
… where the Professor showed us examples of portraits created using pastels and described the difficulties that the medium presented in terms of long-term storage and preservation.
Ms Largeteau then took us to the paper conservation room …
Our tour took just under ninety minutes, and was thoroughly absorbing … and we are already looking forward to our next ‚Delve Deeper‘ tour.
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Autor: Robert (Bob) Cordery / Wargaming Miscellany
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