Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News from the Stores!

This collection of copper / copper alloy measures is being worked on at the moment to get it ready for going on display in the new museum.  Dirt is painstakingly removed using cotton wool buds & a metal cleaner. The surfaces are then wiped over with acetone to help dry the surface of the metal and prevent corrosion. 

Next a coat of wax is given to the metal surface to protect it.

The difference between the cleaned objects and those yet to be tackled is clear to see!

The measures were used from the 1830s by officers from the West Riding County Council. They visited market traders and shopkeepers across the Manor of Wakefield to test the quantities of goods they sold, making sure that all was fair!

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