Surveying ceramic conservation needs at the Petrie Museum

A case study about our conservation work

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology houses one of the largest and most important collections of Egyptian materials in the UK. 12,000 of the 80,000 objects are made of ceramic and, of these, 3,400 are on display in the Pottery Gallery!
This year UCL Culture conservators are focusing attention on the conservation needs of these important teaching and research materials. A pilot Conservation Needs Survey is underway. This is a collaboration between UCL Culture Conservation and the Institute of Archaeology's lecturer in conservation, Dr Caitlin O'Grady. It is hoped that the Conservation Survey will be expanded next term to inform interventive conservation work of the department as well as enrich teaching and learning experiences of students in the Institute of Archaeology's undergraduate and graduate programmes.

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