Sleaford Museum Trust has forged links with the University of Lincolns Conservation and Restoration Unit (School of Art and Design). Conservation has been taught in Lincoln for more than twenty-five years and the University of Lincoln now boasts the largest historic object conservation training unit in the UK, offering opportunities at all levels to doctoral research.
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Sleaford Museum Trust is pleased to supply the Conservation and Restoration Unit with objects from its collection in need of remedial work. This is carried out by students as part of their coursework. Pre- and post-conservation photography and background research are also carried out. The items can then be returned to the Trust's collection in the best possible condition.
Two Sleaford Museum Trust volunteers, Kaye Tetlow and Rhiannon Hughes, graduated in 2002 from Lincoln School of Art and Design with a B.A.(Hons) in Conservation and Restoration, and have put their skills to work on items in the collection. They spent the summer vacation of 2002 re-organising and listing a good part of the collection ready for cataloguing and photographing, and set up a small conservation laboratory at the store. They also advised the Trust on handling and maintaining the collection in good condition. The Trust wishes them well in their chosen career.