CSI South East Museum Team members on the road, at Hastings Museum
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Final Report Available Here !

CSI final report pdf Assessment of Remedial Conservation Needs in Sussex, Surrey, Kent & Medway Museums. Report submitted to Arts Council England in April 2013 and updated with a forward by Icon CEO, Alison Richmond, in October 2013.

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An example of some recent conservation work at Shere Museum

The conservation of a trade sign at Shere Museum by Hazel Neill Old trade signs often display evidence of long exposure to the vagaries of the wind and weather. In the case of this mid-twentieth century sign, given to Shere Museum in a very poor and unstable state, the flaking paint and numerous losses meant … Continue reading

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A Visit to Eastbourne Town Hall on 13th February

by Hazel Neill Ruth Stevens and myself were welcomed to Eastbourne Town Hall by Museum Apprentice Katherine Buckland. On entering the curatorial offices we were met with a team sifting through grit in search of pieces of human bone to add to the full size human skeleton on the table! It was clearly going to … Continue reading

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A Visit to Guildford Museum on 30th January

By Alice Blears Ruth Stevens and I visited Guildford museum to collect some glass items for work to be carried out for the case studies. More on those later! While we were there we carried out a trial of the conservation assessment form which were are using to look at the conservation needs of individual … Continue reading

Successful proposals so far…

Below is a list of museums in the South East that will be receiving help as part of the conservation project by the Surrey and Sussex team! The Kent & Medway team will be announcing their successful proposals in due course. If you would like to know in the meantime – please call Dana Goodburn-Brown … Continue reading

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Royal Holloway University Painting Collection

The Royal Holloway University building is extraordinary. Hazel Neill (Surrey Heritage) and I went to see the paintings collection housed in the Paintings Gallery. Dr Laura MacCulloch has been in post as curator since November and has hit the ground running as she puts it. She showed us the Gallery and gave us a fascinating … Continue reading

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Fishbourne Road Show

Amy Brown of Petworth Cottage Museum shows Zenzie Tinker, Textile Conservator some children’s clothes that form a significant part of their collection. Photo by Lucy Martin (www.roundography.com)

Update on proposals

Well, progress has been made on the South East Museums Conservation Project! A big thank you to all of you who visited us at the road shows in December. We had a great turn out and saw some lovely objects. We enjoyed meeting everyone and we hope that we were able to answer some of … Continue reading

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Roadshow at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Saturday 8th December View from a Ceramics conservator –¬†Alice Blears My local west Sussex event – and easy travelling as it is only a few miles from home – our 4th and final roadshow in as many days was in the Collections Discovery Centre at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester. It houses the bulk store … Continue reading

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Roadshow at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Friday 7th December View from a ceramics conservator – Alice Blears. After a windy night in Hastings in a lovely hotel on the seafront our next roadshow was in Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. This is an amazing building with Tardis-like qualities and unexpected collections inside. Spread over 2 floors the collections range from posters … Continue reading