Conserving, analysing and studying the ‘Hay cookbook’: Revelations from ancient ‘magical’ texts on leatherSeven early medieval leather documents were conserved and studied as part of a small British Museum Research project. Thought to be from the Theban Necropolis (Upper Egypt) and dating to c. 740-810AD, they are written in Coptic. The largest extant manuscript is known today as the ‘Hay Cookbook’, which, together...
Wills, Barbara ; Zellmann-Rohrer, Michael ; Skinner, Lucy ; O'Connell, Elisabeth R. ; Stacey, Rebecca …
BookThe British Museum holds approximately 6,000 human remains, the majority of which were recovered in the past century. Regarding the Dead addresses the British Museum’s approach to the ethical issues surrounding the inclusion of human remains in the Museum’s collection and presents solutions to the dilemmas relating to their curation,...
Fletcher, Alexandra ; Antoine, Daniel ; Hill, J.D.
BookThis book presents the full range of tests, for materials used in constructing storage and display areas, which are used at the British museum and describes standard procedures for carrying them out. It was first published in 1996, with a new and completely revised edition appearing in 2004. The British...
Thickett, D. ; Lee, L.R.
BookPast Practice Future Prospects is the proceedings of an international conference held at The British Museum in September 2001. The 32 papers discuss the history of the conservation of antiquities, and of fine and applied art from the 18th to the 20th centuries from three different viewpoints: the contributions made...
Oddy, Andrew ; Smith, Sandra
BookFollowing the 1994 conference Restoration - Is it acceptable? , the 1999 British Museum conference focused on the reversibility of the main processes of conservation: cleaning, stabilising, repair and restoration. Twenty-seven papers discuss many different aspects of the argument, in both theory and practice, and with regard to different media...
Oddy, Andrew ; Carroll, Sara
BookThis publication examines the increasingly important role of the conservation scientist. Conservation science, where scientists develop an understanding of why and how museum objects deteriorate, and research into methods and materials for arresting that deterioration, has become a specialism in its own right. The importance of adequate communication between the...
BookFirst edition of this publication - for the most up to date version of the Oddy Test, please consult the revised edition published in 2004 (9780861591178)
Lee, L.R. ; Thickett, D.
BookA collection of 18 papers on early methods of conservation including conservation techniques used on the Herculaneum papyri, paper, iron and bronze, stone, a Roman floor mosaic, wall-paintings, pottery and porcelain, stained glass and Maori wood carvings.