R & L Lancefield - paper conservation & book restoration

Exhibition Material

  • CONSERVATION OF MATERIAL PRIOR TO EXHIBITION
  • TEMPORARY HOUSING/HINGING/MOUNTING OF ITEMS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES
  • BOOK RESTS AND CRADLES MADE TO MEASURE
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World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding
World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding World's Oldest Christmas Pudding

THE WORLD'S OLDEST
CHRISTMAS PUDDING

A Christmas pudding dated 1900 and sent to the Naval Brigade during the Boer War has been given to The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


The pudding was brought to our studio to have conservation work carried out on the paper labels prior to exhibition.

Treatment consisted of:-

Worlds Oldest Christmas Pudding

CHRISTMAS PUDDING ON DISPLAY

  • Pressure sensitive tape removed
  • Paper labels removed from lid and side of tin
  • Remnants of rust removed from back of paper
  • Washed in purified water to reduce staining
  • Treated to neutralize acid content
  • Strengthened with archival size
  • Fragments consolidated onto archival tissue
  • The tin was then sent to a metal
    conservator for treatment
  • Finally the label on the lid was re-fixed with an archival adhesive and the label on the side was wrapped around tin and affixed to itself

The Christmas pudding is appearing in an exhibition at
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrating 100 years
of naval heritage, to view the article click here.


CHARLES DICKENS BICENTENARY
EXHIBITION, PORTSMOUTH

We have recently completed a large collection of material for the Portsmouth City Museum and Record Office and the Central Library for the Charles Dickens Bicentenary Exhibition held at the Charles Dickens birthplace Museum, Portsmouth in 2012.

The material consisted of a wide range of items such as:

  • Books (small and large volumes in leather and cloth)
  • Ledgers
  • Photographs
  • Letters
  • Pamphlets
  • Notebooks
  • News clippings
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Charles Dickens Exhibition Charles Dickens Exhibition
Charles Dickens Exhibition Charles Dickens Exhibition
Charles Dickens Exhibition  

A variety of conservation treatments were applied to make all the material fit for the exhibition. In addition, a large quantity of the material was digitised whilst undergoing the treatments.


COLLECTION OF FLYING HELMETS FROM RAF IBSLEY IN THE NEW FOREST

The helmets had been stored in unsuitable conditions and the leather was discoloured, cracked and was suffering in places with mould.

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  • The helmets were cleaned
  • Any mould treated and removed
  • Dry and cracked leather treated
  • New leather grafted in where original leather was missing

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