Specialist objects conservators work on three-dimensional objects in the museum’s collections. These can range from Greek red figure vases to contemporary studio pottery; from Palaeolithic hand axes to Islamic sword blades; from Cycladic figures to Renaissance bronzes. The museum's fine collection of plaster casts taken from the antique originals is also conserved in a small studio in the Cast Gallery.
Objects conservators treat objects to ensure they are safe for display, storage and loans.
- Structurally weak objects may need careful support
- Chemically unstable objects may need to be kept in low-humidity conditions to prevent corrosion
- Old adhesive repairs may be discoloured and need replacement
- Objects may have interesting stories that are only revealed on close examination which can be shared with the public and scholars