We came up with the idea of forming our collective while working at the Natural History Museum in London. Inspired by our treatment of various large specimens including a tiger, a stegosaurus and a bear, we considered a lot of animal-based puns. We like a pun. The Elephant in the Room, however, is more than just a pun.
Conservation has traditionally been the more hidden aspect of collections care and could be described as the elephant in the room. People may notice signs of damage to an object – evidence of pest activity, cracks appearing in the structure of a specimen, build-up of dust and surface pollution – but are unsure how to react, who to contact, or how much it will cost.
The quicker condition issues can be identified and expertise sought, the better for object longevity and collections as a whole. A well made mount or storage box, a sensitive surface clean or some remedial conservation can save a great deal of expense and help preserve your object for the future.