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Holding it all together - conference on ancient and modern joining, repair and consolidation

Knife with a mosaic handle and a chalcedony blade

The British Museum two-day conference entitled “Holding it all together; ancient and modern approaches to joining, repair and consolidation” took place on 21 and 22 February 2008.

The conference brought together conservators, scientists and curators with an interest in the methods by which artefacts have been manufactured, repaired (both in antiquity and modern times) and conserved by joining together a series of components, using such techniques as adhering, casting, soldering and luting.

The programme was broad, covering most materials. It included ancient and ethnographic examples of manufacture, repair and reuse of multi-component artefacts, methods for recognising and making potential joins, modern conservation and repair methods and materials, and methods of display, including the ethics of revealing/concealing joins and repairs

Sessions included discussions of joins and repairs in organics, glass, ceramics and metals, and of ancient and modern adhesives.

Download the programme of oral presentations (doc 71.5kb)

Download the programme of poster presentations (doc 454.5kb)

The conference papers will be published in a volume to be produced by Archetype Publications - The conference will be in English.

For more information contact:

Conference 2008
Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science
British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, UK

Fax: + 44 (0)20 7323 8276

As far as possible, communication relating to the meeting will be conducted by email, so please provide an email address when registering interest in the meeting or submitting an abstract.

Organising committee:

Janet Ambers, Alex Baldwin, Sherry Doyal, Lynne Harrison, Catherine Higgitt and Tomasina Munden

Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science

Image: knife with a mosaic handle and a chalcedony blade, from Mexico, 15th-16th century AD