Colour and Vision

Over five months Nikki, Kay and Erica documented and conserved hundreds of individual specimens for the Natural History Museum’s current exhibition, Colour and Vision. From the world’s smallest fly (that we had to assess under a microscope) to a huge taxidermy giraffe in need of extensive remedial conservation.


Coverage in the Independent, indian hornbill eyelash replication, displays


We worked together on a wide range of natural history specimens including fossils, plants, insects, mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, spirit collections and much, much more. A specimen rich exhibition that is a feast for the eyes, now with less than a month left to run, make sure you pop in and take a look!

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Erica studied conservation at Camberwell college, University of the Arts London, a course noted for its paper conservation. While working at the Natural History Museum in London she was involved with major exhibitions, conducted condition surveys and worked on a wide range of specimens including, fossils, herbariums, mixed media models and mounted skins. It was here that she became particularly interested in the conservation of taxidermy and developing ways of restoring the natural visual impact of specimens using reversible conservation techniques and materials. Erica is also experienced in large-scale packaging for long term storage and object transport. Erica currently works for Sir Quentin Blake as his archive conservator, caring for his collection of artworks including the original illustrations for classic books including Mister Magnolia, the BFG and Arabel’s raven.

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