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Behind the scenes

Discover how we manage and care for our collections

Take a closer look at featured objects from our collection, what we did with them, the secrets they reveal and the stories they tell.
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The journey of a yellow mantua

How do you manoeuvre, pack and transport a 2-metre-wide dress fit for a royal occasion? Follow the behind-the-scenes journey of a sumptuous 18th-century yellow mantua dress.

From Edinburgh to London
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Conserving a Blaschka model

Holly Daws, Assistant Artefact Conservator describes the step-by-step process of how she brought a Thicked Horned Sea Anenome back to life.

Conserving a Blaschka model
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Working on the Turkey Red archive

Student Emily Shepherd worked on a pattern book sheet in our Paper Conservation department.

Discover the steps taken
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