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Roath Women and the War: Part 3

Glamorgan Archives

Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was situated on the corner of City Road and Newport Road . Built around 1860 it was a substantial building reputedly able to seat 1000. The Roath Road Magazine was originally established as the magazine of the Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School (DX320/3/2/i-iii). From November 1914 it was published monthly as the ‘Roath Road Roamer’ (RRR) to provide news on the war and, in particular, the fortunes of service men and women associated with the Roath Road Wesleyan Church, School and Congregation serving in the armed forces (DAWES6). It was distributed throughout the area and sent overseas to provide soldiers, families and friends with news from home and updates on colleagues serving in the forces. In particular, it featured photographs and letters from soldiers serving overseas.

From the outset the intention was that the magazine should feature the contribution made by the women of…

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Museum objects and complexity

Conservators have traditionally been associated with the quarantine process. Can they reposition themselves as the ones who support integration and create conditions that are quite safe?

museum geek

Being in the first six months of my PhD, I am still in the reading/learning/planning stages of my research. This means that I’m spending a lot of time looking at how other people have been approaching the field, and I’ve noticed a number of people working in the museum technology area are utilising complexity theory to inform their work (see Fiona Cameron and Sarah Mengler Complexity, Transdisciplinarity and Museum Collections Documentation: Emergent Metaphors for a Complex World from the Journal of Material Culture 2009 for an example).

My initial reading into the area has led me to some interesting thoughts. According to John H. Miller and Scott E. Page, one of the things that makes a system complex, rather than merely complicated, is that the system cannot be reduced to a simple form for study. They illustrate the point, using the following example:

When a scientist faces a complicated…

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Vancouverite Abroad

Since November, every Wednesday I get the pleasure of volunteering at the National Museum of Wales- Amgueddfa Cymru in Cardiff. I work with the amazing Preventative Conservation team, lead by Christian Baars.


What does that mean? Like me, the majority of you probably think of wilderness or animals when you hear the term “conservation.” In the context of museums and my studies here in Cardiff, conservation refers to fixing and caring for objects such as 14947629_10211232927365846_5975985971789537230_npottery, paintings, sculptures… or anything you might find in a museum or archive. Therefore preventative conservation work encompasses anything and everything we can do to prevent damage to museum objects.

On my first day of volunteering, we were tasked with looking for signs of insect infestations… ironically we were looking for them in the museum’s entomology (insect) collection. How? Little insects who eat these collections may leave signs that they were there. We could find bodies, casings, or…

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Dirt & Dead Things: Conservation at the National Museum of Wales


Chloe Pearce Conservation

A Peruvian ceramic, otherwise known as Gerald, was the first object I was allocated at Cardiff. Communication with Newport Museum confirmed they wanted an invisible repair, however the task was not that simple. Further examination showed that the ceramic had been damaged on two occasions. The original break, in which one piece came away, was adhered with Paraloid B72. When the ceramic was damaged a second time the ceramic fabric failed and a piece was lost. The cohesion strength of the Paraloid caused the fabric to fail and there was extensive fabric transfer along the break. These details all made my first task quite complicated.

With no information I first turned my attention to material and production analysis and understanding. The fabric contains unburnt organic material, which is dark grey and runs through the centre of the ceramic. There is also medium density inclusions; they vary widely in colour and…

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Missing Pieces: Conservation of a Peruvian Ceramic