“Parochial Artist” Gayle Rogers at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare

Source: “Parochial Artist” Gayle Rogers at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare


Iron gall ink in the Edward Thomas manuscripts and its conservation at Glamorgan Archives

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

The following post is courtesy of Pamela Murray, an MSc Conservation Practice Student at Cardiff University and conservation volunteer at Glamorgan Archives. She has been working on the Edward Thomas Conservation project as a student conservator thanks to the generous support of the National Manuscript Conservation Trust

Iron gall ink was a common writing ink throughout Europe, dating back to the 1st century AD and used all the way til the 19th century. Iron gall ink is made from tannins that have been extracted from galls (generally oak tree galls), iron sulphates, gum and water. There are different recipes and methods found throughout history, some even include using wine.

Iron Gall Ink recipe ET blog This is a recipe from the Dutch website dedicated to Iron Gall Ink: https://irongallink.org/igi_index78f9.html

So what’s the problem with this historic ink? The degradation process can be detrimental to the paper or work of art.

Excess iron…

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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?

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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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