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  • To be or not to be…

    To be or not to be…

    In the last couple of months the conservation department and the moving project has been slowed down by the common “summer vacation disease”.  Everyone on the project has had at least a week of and most of our external partners and general museum personal have been on vacation as well. This has influenced our capacity […]

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  • Medal memory

    Medal memory

    Finally our medals are conserved and analyzed. One cross is the Iron Cross and the other the Spanish Cross. The Iron Cross originates in 13th century Kingdom of Jerusalem, when the Teutonic Order was granted the right to combine their Black Cross with the silver Cross of Jerusalem. As a military decoration the Iron Cross have […]

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  • Flying stones?

    Flying stones?

    As mentioned in previous blog posts, the moving team dedicated April to relocating a collection of large building stones. Here comes a step-by-step overview of the method we used for the move. To see the moving movie click here. First week we photographed the storage where the stones were located and at the same time […]

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  • Surprising treasure

    Surprising treasure

    This week we have been picking up the ends of the stone move. A collection of smaller building stones and pottery were placed in the conservation lab for washing and repacking in plastic boxes as a pose to the old wooden boxes they were kept in before. But it wasn’t just stones the boxes contained. […]

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  • What stones are we moving?!

    What stones are we moving?!

    The last two weeks have been dedicated to a special moving project. The task is to move building stones in all shapes and sizes (from the size of a hand to stones of 300-400 kg) from a storage room within a protected building to a new storage location. The stones are being moved because the […]

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  • Easter egg conservation

    Easter egg conservation

    So it is Easter next week and we are doing some Easter eggs… or well not really. Coincidentally, these eggs came out of a box with taxidermy animals to be cleaned and documented. This seemed like a good opportunity to wish you folks a very Happy Easter! And show a snapshots of the cleaning. After […]

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  • How to dress your conservator

    How to dress your conservator

    In museum collections some objects may have been treated with toxic or poisonous materials like arsenic and mercury. These elements were used as a conservation method and as pest treatment. Generally, we don’t have records of prior treatments, nor do we know exactly witch objects could be a health risk to the conservators. Therefore, we […]

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  • Coordinating cooperation

    Coordinating cooperation

    When undertaking a project such as ours, moving a variety of collections and thousands of objects, we have to keep in touch with the curators, who manage the collections on a daily basis, and other museum staff who will get involved along the way. Contact and communication with the rest of the museum staff is […]

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  • Packing the delicates

    Packing the delicates

    Before the Christmas holidays we wrote a little about the packing station and in this post we’ll elaborate on that.   When the objects are registered they move on to the packing station. The goal of this station is to prepare the objects for being moved and frozen on site at the new central storage facility. […]

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  • Digital documentation

    Digital documentation

    For the moving project the conservation team had a new database constructed from scratch. In this database all the objects are recorded, their condition described and the picture taken at the photo station attached. All the objects are also given a risk estimating number offering an assessment of the condition of the item and a […]

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