• Conservation Cleaning of a Wedding Dress

    Monday 14 December 2009 by Jessie Firth. 5 comments

    Emma Jones previously mentioned in 60 year old sweat on a wedding dress – a conservation challenge the preparation of Miss Platt-Hepworth’s wedding dress for the exhibition Of Love and War. The decision was made by the curator Rebecca Britt to keep the staining as evidence of use. While the staining is important to keep, the fabric was not as lustrous as it once was. The dress has a pattern of pretty daises made from cream silk …

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  • "Dorothy" the Kitbag

    Friday 11 December 2009 by Bridie Kirkpatrick. 3 comments

    Isn’t it funny how things come about? While working on the textiles component for the exhibition Of Love and War a painted kitbag came to me for treatment. The lovely pin-up painted on the bag looked an awful lot like Dorothy Lamour, a beautiful actress known as the “Sarong Girl” in the 1940’s.  As the exhibition will be travelling I had to chuckle that Dorothy Lamour made a string of Bing Crosby/ Bob Hope “On the Road” …

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  • Wedding Dresses, Part 3

    Thursday 19 November 2009 by Sarah Clayton. 3 comments

    Once we determined that the remaining three wedding dresses, requested for the exhibtion Of Love and War, were able to be safely put on display, the textile conservators worked in collaboration with curators and exhibition staff to determine the dimensions of showcase and, the types and styles of mannequins. To get the most accurate dimensions the dresses were placed on temporary mannequins and the trains were arranged as they will fall …

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  • 60 year old sweat on a wedding dress - a conservation challenge

    Thursday 12 November 2009 by Emma Jones. 7 comments

    Back in September, I was doing some work out at our Treloar Annex, which is where our conservators work.  I was videoing the construction process of the mannequins being made for the 3 wedding dresses  that are to be included in the “Of love and war” exhibition. During a break in filming I got talking to Jessie Firth, who was working on one of the wedding dresses .  She was applying fake perspiration to material to see what effect…

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  • Wedding Dresses, part 2

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Sarah Clayton. 5 comments

     As previously explained four wedding dresses were initially selected for "Of Love and War". One of the wedding dresses, originally owned by Mrs N S Bissaker, required hundreds of hours of painstaking work before it would be strong enough for display, so unfortunately it will not be ready for display in “Of Love and War”.  Instead this dress with go on our Vulnerable Textiles conservation list and be conserved with all the care it …

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  • Wedding dresses

    Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Jones. 2 comments

    Here is the first of several blog posts about the wedding dreses being considered and conserved for our upcoming Of love and war exhibition. Recently the Textile Conservation Laboratory retrieved from storage four wedding dresses that are proposed for the up and coming exhibition Of love and war.  Three of the dresses - originally owned Mrs Isabel Bell, Mrs Audrey Norton  and Mrs Norma. Bissaker - are relatively new to the Memorial’s…

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  • Preserving Gallipoli aerial photographs

    Monday 20 July 2009 by Mel Hunt. 4 comments

    The Research Centre holds a fascinating and unusual collection of aerial photographs of Gallipoli in 1915. The majority of the collection consists of 48 numbered aerial photographs taken over Anzac and South Suvla by the British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in October and November 1915 at a time when aerial photography was very much in its infancy and highly experimental. Much of the early aerial photography at Gallipoli was …

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  • Conservation of the Mark IV tank

    Wednesday 1 April 2009 by Laura Kennedy. 3 comments

    The sponson on the left hand side of the Mark IV tank was removed last year for inclusion in the Memorial’s exhibition, “1918, Advancing to Victory”. The tank was relocated to the Memorial’s Large Technology Workshop in order to safely remove the sponson.  This provided an excellent opportunity for Conservation to undertake a preservation treatment of the tank which would include a full repaint, back to it’s original colour …

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  • Albatros Upper Mainplane Repairs

    Thursday 17 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments

    Upon removal of the fabric from the upper mainplane it was discovered that an extensive number of the ribs were damaged. Shattered ribs in upper mainplane. Note timber reinforcing panels nailed to rib faces. Work has been underway to repair this damage and give the wing much of its original strength. The presence of pre existing repairs indicate that this damage took place prior to the last restoration. Although some …

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  • Albatros Fabric Research

    Friday 11 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 6 comments

    The Memorial has been able to gain access to substantial amounts of the original fabric, which was removed from the Albatros during the 1960's restoration with the exception of the rudder and the ailerons. Significant analysis of this material has been carried out in order to determine the correct details for fabric colours, panel widths and orientations, seam widths, rib stitching and the dimensions of rib tapes.Photographic evidence …

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