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Conserving the Hanover Street sign

hanover-lb-1The Hanover Street sign prior to conservation

This 18th Century earthenware Hanover Street sign is now on display in the People’s Republic gallery|, in the Museum of Liverpool|. Before going on display, the sign underwent full conservation and reconstruction. Click on the thumbnails below to see how the sign was treated and conserved.

To the top left of the sign there are old repairs and a substantial loss. After assessment it was decided that the old repairs should be removed and the loss filled. After testing to decide on the most suitable materials to use for conservation, the sign was treated. Solvent was used to soften old adhesive, after which the break edges were all cleaned. The break edges were then temporarily re-bonded so that a mould could be made, and a plaster fill of the area, cast. The temporary bonding was then dismantled … ... and all of the fragments were rebonded in preparation for the fill to be bonded and coloured. The fill was retouched to a similar colour to that of the sign. The sign was supported and the remaining fragments were bonded back together using conservation grade adhesive. The visible break lines were filled with an inert reversible filling material. The visible break lines were filled with an inert reversible filling material. Although the repair is still visible it doesn't detract from the object as the original repair did.