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.
Multispectral Imaging & the Study of Archeological Textiles
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.
Discovering a 4,500-year-old olive oil factory in Jordan
CONSERVATION & SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF THE AMITABHA BUDDHA
100 Years of Science & Conservation
A century of science and conservation
BM SCIENCE NEWSLETTER #5
Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt