Wednesday, December 21, 2011

News from the Stores

We have been preparing objects for display in the new museum.  Christine Hornby, our contract conservator, has been cleaning this stained glass – painstakingly removing dirt using a weak surfactant solution and cotton buds! 

Cleaning the glass with 5% surfactant solution

We believe the glass came from Bishopsgarth (now the Police college) near College Grove which was built for the new Diocese and Bishop of Wakefield in the late 1800s and will be displayed in the Museum section on the Manor of Wakefield.

A magnifying lamp is used to check that all the dirt has been removed.

The museum collection hold 4 of these panels representing Saints Hilda, Bede, Paulinus and Chad.