Conserving a Ndebele beaded blanket

South Africa | The art of a nation

Ceramics and Glass

A big part of the BM collections is made of either metal or of clay-based materials, like pottery and porcelain. The Ceramics, Glass and Metals (CGM) Section of the Department of Conservation looks after these objects.
This team specialises in archaeological and historical ceramics, glass, enamels, faience etc.

Conserving a Ndebele beaded blanket

South Africa | The art of a nation

organics

As conservators of organic artefacts we work on a wide variety of objects from the Museum’s archaeological, historic and contemporary collections. The types of objects we are regularly working on range therefore from basketry, bark cloths, wooden sculptures, textiles, Asian lacquered objects, paintings on canvas and wooden substrates but also human and animal remains, just to name a few.