British Museum Technical
Research Bulletin

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Department of Conservation and Scientific Research 

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The Technical Research Bulletin publishes the results of collaborative work by the British Museum's curators, conservators and scientists covering a broad range of objects and materials from across the Museum’s collection.

Published once a year, each issue aims to encompass objects from different continents, historical periods and material types. The Bulletin is designed to appeal both to those with a general interest in the Museum’s collections and those with a specialist interest who wish to broaden their horizons.


Volume 1

Examines some of the different material aspects of objects in the Museum collection.

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Volume 2

Detailing the assessment, examination, treatment and analysis of objects from across the Museum’s collections and beyond.

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Volume 3

Shedding light on cultures from the ancient civilisations of the world.

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Volume 4

Papers on exploring the evidence for cultural transmission and trade to questions of object attribution and authenticity.

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Volume 5

Articles reflecting the chronological depth and geographical breadth of the British Museum collection.

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Volume 6

Articles highlighting the reasons behind technical examination and analysis.

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Volume 7

Showcasing research and conservation projects that advance our understanding of the history, technology and treatment of objects.

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Shell ewer from Gujarat, India


Volume 8

Available now in hard copy and online in Autumn 2015:

  • Technical study of a rare Venetian turquoise glass goblet from the Waddesdon Bequest
  • Technological insights into madder pigment production in antiquity
  • Sacred souvenir: the Holy Sepulchre models in the British Museum
  • The study and conservation of the silk painting Death of the Buddha
  • Etruscan women’s clothing and its decoration: the polychrome gypsum statue from the ‘Isis tomb’ at Vulci
  • An Aleut cape and cap made of sea mammal intestine: from storage to display
  • Xenon flash for reflectance and luminescence (multispectral) imaging in cultural heritage applications
  • Polychromy in Roman Egypt: a study of a limestone sculpture of the Egyptian god Horus
  • Microscopical examination of fibres used in Ming dynasty paper money
  • Analysis of pigment palettes as evidence for room status in Nero’s Golden House