The following is an account from The Museum of Cannock Chase on how an AIM conservation grant of £1,280 helped with the conservation of WWI photograph and documents.
The Museum of Cannock Chase is the only museum in Staffordshire holding considerable collections pertaining to the area’s coal mining industry.
There were four framed works in wooden frames with unstable mounts which were beginning to leech onto the documents and photograph which were in need of conservation.
Two of the works related to the new coal mining gallery and two related to World War 1 soldiers in the immediate area.
- Coloured photograph of Norman Bishop. Mr Bishop lived in Hednesford, fought in and survived WW1.
- 1914-1919 Framed address to Mr Sydney Young for his service in the Great War.
- Award to Ernest Bailey 1935 by Carnegie Trust. Accident West Cannock Colliery No 3.
- Citation for James Gater ( along with silver medal) 1908 for bravery during Coppice Colliery disaster from Royal Humane Society
In line with our care and conservation plan, the objects were high priority as we wanted to exhibit the two World War 1 items in the museum during the period of the Great War commemorations. In addition we are keen to introduce items from store into the new mining gallery at regular intervals. These items could not have been displayed because of their condition until they were conserved.
The works were taken for conservation to Louise Vaile at Ogilvie Vaile Conservation – based at Birmingham Museum. The documents were removed from their frames, stabilised, remounted and placed in frames with low acid mounts so that we can preserve them for future generations.
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