4 November 2021

Behind the scenes: Conservation in action

Bristol Museums look after over 2.5 million objects across five museum sites.

The Conservation and Documentation Team are responsible for their long-term safety, and for documenting and preparing them for display or loan. The team focuses on four conservation specialisms: paintings, works on paper, 3D objects and preventive conservation. Treatments are carried out at our three dedicated conservation studios based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Alongside the conservators, we also have a collections registrar and documentation staff who  catalogue, digitise, facilitate loans and arrange transport for objects.

Occasionally you might see our conservators in a gallery as they clean an object, check environmental monitoring equipment, or assess the condition of a particular artefact. However, much of their work goes on behind the scenes.

This talk will give an insight into their work. It will include a virtual conservation studio tour, pre-recorded behind the scenes footage of our team at work, and Q&A with members of the team.

Speaker: Fran Coles, Conservation and Documentation Manager

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 4 November.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

This talk is part of our fortnightly season of late lunchtime talks.