Cheryl is a graduate from City and Guilds of London Art School, where the course centred on the conservation of decorative surfaces and objects made of stone, wood and other sculptural materials. She is trained in traditional skills such as gilding and plaster casting as well as laser cleaning techniques. Cheryl has been involved with a number of conservation projects at the Natural History Museum, including work on the mammal research collection, exhibition installation and the blue whale skeleton.
One sunny Saturday earlier this month, Erica, Nikki and I, along with Gruff the trusty fossil hound were excited to be heading to Beachy Head in East Sussex. We had been lucky enough to be invited along to one of the Discovering Fossils public fossil hunts led by Roy Shepherd.
Erica and I recently attended a 5 day leather conservation course given by Theo Sturge, of the Sturge Conservation Studio. As well as presenting case studies of his work, from gilt leather conservation to car upholstery restoration, Theo taught us about the processing and deterioration mechanisms of leather, and he also introduced us to some leather working skills such as skiving and basic saddle stitching.
Nicola and I have been working on a major new exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea includes 250 specimens from the Museum’s collections and runs from 27 March to 13 September 2015. See some of the specimens on display in this FT article, and find out more here.
This NHM video shows us at work preparing the gigantic Turbinaria coral for exhibition after 20 years in storage.