Conserving the Collection – Multi Spectral Imaging Microscopy

Following on from Emma Bonson’s blog last week on using X-Ray to investigate blocked plates,  Ellie Pierce, a conservation student at the University of Lincoln, continues our conservation series by telling us about her experience of using a Multi Spectral Imaging Microscope to investigate the plates. Thanks to Ellie for today’s piece… On Monday the…

Reflections on the Year…

  With the New Year fast approaching most of us will be looking to make some new resolutions.  While we can’t profess to have been as angelic as Marcia Hanbury (photographed here by Knights-Whittome c.1906), here at the project we feel overall very proud of our achievements this last year… With almost three and a…

The Art of Retouching – Pre-Photoshop

A recent post we published on this blog touched on the subject of Retouching Glass Plates. It’s something I promised to look at in more detail on the blog a while ago, and following a recent talk to Carshalton Photographic Society on the very subject over the summer, I’ve realised it is long overdue. A…

The Conservation of Glass Plates: Student Placement

A few weeks ago Sarah Allen, our wonderful conservator posted the first in a series of reports about the work she has been carrying out on our Glass Plate Negative collection.   If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you may be aware that Sarah has been able to effect a really exciting collaboration with…

“…the sort of thing a library is for…”

At the risk of boring those of our followers who also follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds, there are just 5 days left to visit our project exhibition here at Sutton Central Library.  We have been overwhelmed by some of the feedback and comments we have received and are sad that we have to take the boards…

The Past on Glass Exhibition 22 Jul-28 Aug 2016

As we enter the final months of our project, we are thrilled to be putting the finishing touches to an exhibition that will enable us not only to display this wonderful collection to the public at last, but will also put on show just the achievements of our wonderful and dedicated volunteer team.  This project…