Timeline

15 Feb 18

Infilling of damaged areas

After cleaning the surface of the damask and the gold fillet, it was possible to infill the most damaged areas of the hangings using dyed silk. The damage here was caused mostly from insects, particularly moths, as well as from light damage and tension. Strips of dyed silk were prepared with Beva film (an adhesive film activated by heat) and inserted underneath the loose damask. In other, more damaged areas, further silk was fitted behind the missing areas and sealed around the edges with the adhesive film. After a few more days of treatment, the final stage of adding conservation netting to the lower edge of the west wall was completed. The netting protects the damaged and weaker areas of the damask, ready for the paintings to be cleaned and rehung.

Infilling of damaged areas

04 Apr 18

Restoring the paintings

The paintings in the cabinet were given a general check up to make sure they were structurally safe and sound. This included checking the painting and the backing of the canvas. Paintings that were previously conserved in the 1990s had conservation backboards added which caused an increase in dust build up and were removed. The frames were dusted with a pony hair brush and a museum vac. Paintings where the surface itself was dirty needed to be rubbed gently with a damp cotton bud and in some cases, a fresh coat of varnish was applied.

Painting conservation

01 Jul 18

Furniture sent away for conservation work

The gilt games table and giltwood and marble top pier table were removed from storage to be sent off for conservation work. This included structural work and cosmetic improvement to the oxidised bronze paint. Unfortunately for the pier table, a piece of the giltwood scrollwork broke off during transportation back to us. This meant conservators had to travel down in order to reattach the broken piece using rabbit-skin glue.

Giltwood games table in the Cabinet Room at Felbrigg