What are our Conservation staff up to this week?
Conservators use a range of techniques to preserve our collection items for present and future generations. Our Conservators are hard at work carrying out specialised repairs and restorations on one of our oldest specimens’ on display.
Part of their work involves hands on repairs and restorations like these. They carefully inspect each object, recording the condition of the object and any work they carry out. They blend knowledge of chemistry, art, and craft skills to ensure our heritage items are well looked after.
The large Croc had some damage that needed to be repaired. This specimen is over 100 years old, so some damage is expected from general aging. Keep reading to find out what our Conservators found and how they dealt with the issues.
The Croc was of course a bit dusty!
The tip of the tail had a small section missing, exposing the metal wire armature. All the stuffing in that area was missing as well.
Some large scales along the bottom of the Crocs flanks were missing, leaving shallow rectangular gaps.
The front left limb (closest to the wall) had broken fingers and claws
There is a small chip on the nose of the Croc