What lurks under the microscope? Dust detective work
We’re all familiar with dust. We’ve seen it gathering on windowsills or on the tops of cupboards, but what exactly is it? And how do we keep the Museum dust-free? Our Conservation and Scientific Research teams zoom in on the microscopic world of dust, and explain how they work to help preserve the Museum’s collection.… Read more.
Saving Saraha: conservation of a Tibetan thangka
From stitching silk to X-ray scanning, find out what goes into conserving a sacred object before it goes on display in Tantra: enlightenment to revolution. In summer 2019, a beautiful Tibetan thangka came to the British Museum’s Hirayama studio. It was in poor condition, with light-damaged silk borders and flaking paint, so it needed to be… Read more.