A lacquered and gilt Papier mache card table.

This lacquered and gilt papier maché table couldn’t stand on its own when it arrived. The base had been broken and the castor misplaced. The papiér maché skirt had cracked and spread apart, distorting as it had done so.  The apron was broken and loose and pieces had fallen off, some of which were lost. …

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Preserve, Reserve or Dispose?

We live in an age of austerity which means that hard economic decisions are being made about our heritage. Everything costs, but some things cost more (paraphrasing George Orwell ). To preserve (conserve) reserve or dispose an item can be a subjective decision, and can have political stresses laid against it. To me it depends …

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