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Object Detectives

19 November 2010 by Eleanor

My name is Ellie and I am a new addition at the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool.  I am here on a year long internship in Objects Conservation and Public Engagement, funded by ICON (Institute of Conservation) and the Heritage Lottery Fund

While I am here I will post regular updates on the blog to provide a glimpse of what is happening behind-the-scenes at the National Conservation Centre, as conservators look after and investigate fascinating objects from the collection.

Last Saturday’s event ‘Looking After Liverpool’s History’ provided a sneak preview of some of the objects that will be showcased in the new Museum of Liverpool next year.  One hundred year old chocolate, modern day beer bottles and bomb damaged ceramics went under the spotlight, as conservators explained how they look after the enormous variety of objects in the museum’s collection.

If you missed out, then why not join us this Saturday 20th November between 1-3pm for ‘Object Detectives’, when we will be revealing the hidden stories of objects using investigative techniques.  Drop in and see our x-ray and high powered microscopes in action, find out more about objects and discover what is eating our collections!

clothes moth larva

Image of a clothes moth larva taken with a scanning electron microscope.

Could this beasty be eating our collections?

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