The Rex Wailes Collection. Damage, Repair and Conservation

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    Authors & editors

    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2020

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling

    Scope & content
    When we inspected the Rex Wailes Collection in the Science Museum's offsite store, it was clear that the 30 years since his death had not been kind to his life's work. Many drawings were damaged, often with fragile edges torn, missing or held together by decaying sticky tape. Others had been damp, dried out and were covered in mould.

    Although we had the knowledge and ability needed to ensure further damage would not happen, we did not have the specialist skills need to carry out conservation to the standard and extent required for such a nationally important collection. So, we called in a specialist paper conservator. We also obtained a grant from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust to handle those that were badly in need of attention before we could catalogue and store them... Read more.


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