Conservation & Research blog

Introducing Dr Eleanor Blakelock: Metals Specialist

Friday, 30th January 2015

Hello I am Dr Eleanor Blakelock and last week I started work in the Birmingham Museum Conservation studio as one of two new Esmee Fairbairn positions. I am a trained archaeometallurgist, a scientist that investigates ancient metals and metalworking techniques. For my undergraduate degree I...

Introducing Peter Mc Elhinney: Organics specialist

Friday, 16th January 2015

My name is Peter Mc Elhinney and I am an object conservator with research interests in the scientific analysis of cultural material. For the past number of years I have been working as a conservation research fellow at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. where...

Precious puzzle

Friday, 26th September 2014

From the large number of small fragments in the Staffordshire Hoard, the research and conservation teams have begun the task of finding joins between the small fragments to form larger objects. During the recent grouping exercise Chris Fern was able to identify 600 new joins...

Five years of the Staffordshire Hoard

Friday, 18th July 2014

Last week celebrated 5 years since the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered. Currently we are still making exciting plans for the stage two conservation and research programme, stage one having just come to an end, but I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on...

Replicas for the new Staffordshire Hoard gallery - Phase Three

Friday, 11th July 2014

Following on from our last blog the waxes are now ready to be processed through the lost wax casting process. It should be remembered that the Anglo Saxon craftsmen would have used different techniques of hammering and soldering to create these objects. Although some objects in...

Filming the Staffordshire Hoard

Friday, 2nd May 2014

My first acquaintance with the Staffordshire Hoard was in 2009, not long after it was found – I was part of the team that made the first television documentaries about the discovery for National Geographic. Our initial filming day coincided with the first time the...

A Collections Registrar’s view of the hoard

Friday, 25th April 2014

Hello, my name is Sam and I’m the Collections Registrar at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Whenever the Hoard items have to move anywhere out of the museum it involves a lot of work and documentation. Firstly, the items are taken off display, photographed...

Three years in Red and Gold

Thursday, 17th April 2014

Deb Magnoler’s last blog as a conservator of the Staffordshire Hoard. In this blog I will attempt to take you through over three years of memories working on the Staffordshire Hoard by sharing stories about some of the objects I have conserved. I was very...

Anglo-Saxon Embroidery for the New Hoard Gallery

Friday, 11th April 2014

Work is underway for the new Staffordshire Hoard Gallery which will open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in October. Many different crafts people and contractors will be required to complete the new gallery and their stories will be shared on the blog as much...