Conserving a Tibetan Headdress

A rare Tibetan headdress with gorgeous turquoise and coral stones has just been conserved for display in Himalayan Fashion by Karen Horton.

The Bird Egg Collection

Claire Miles explores our LMG’s Bird Egg collection during her placement with our Natural Sciences Collection.

Conservation Volunteers at Leeds Discovery Centre

With the closing of one exhibition comes the opening of another, and our helpful team of dedicated Conservation volunteers have been keeping themselves extremely busy with caring for the objects involved in the changeover at Leeds City Museum. Conservator Emma Bowron tells us more about what exactly this entails.

Burn time: Light related objects

Pamela Crowe explores light conditions and objects linked to lighting in the museum store In-store arm-waving illustrated by the author The Discovery Centre is a purpose built museum storage facility with regulated temperature and humidity. It is also windowless so that we can control how much light the museum objects are exposed to.  Any visit to…

Giving the Leeds Ichthyosaur a Face-Lift

Something large and very blue, with a lot of issues, came into the Conservation Studio in April 2015.  Some items can be conserved in a short space of time, others need a little more time spent on them and some can be a labour of love. The Ichthyosaur lives down in ‘dinosaur alley’ at the…

Glow in the dark Victorian glass

Plenty of diverse and dangerous objects pass through Conservator Emma’s workshop. While working on these glow-in-the-dark Victorian ornaments she had to get out the Geiger counter! Victorian lion glass paperweight made by James Derbyshire & Sons,(pictured under normal light) Glowing GlasswareSome of our glassware has a unique property, it glows under UV light. This is…

Conservation Volunteers prepare First World War objects for a new exhibition

Over the past few weeks our conservation volunteers have been hard at work at the Discovery Centre on some special objects for a new First World War exhibition. They have been preparing a number of objects selected by our youth curators group, the Preservation Party, for display in the upcoming In Their Footsteps exhibition at Leeds City Museum….

Taking care of our taxidermy collection

Swallowtail butterfly Museum collections require constant care and there’s a lot of conservation work going on behind the scenes at Leeds Museums. Right now, some of the animals usually displayed in Leeds City Museum’s Life on Earth Gallery are being conserved. We’re taking the opportunity to reveal what goes on behind the scenes, following the…