13th September 2002

 

STUDENTS TO HELP PRESERVE SLEAFORD’S PAST

 

Students from the Lincoln School of Art & Design are helping to save historical artefacts from Sleaford’s past.

 

The Sleaford Museum Trust has enlisted the help of the Conservation and Restoration Department at the University of Lincoln to save a number of items which have fallen into disrepair.

 

The trust owns a collection of artefacts, including a prehistoric ammonite found in the town, coin moulds from the Iron Age, mediaeval stone carvings, 18th and 19th-century parish maps and 19th-century portraits.

 

The collection is in storage as the trust has no premises of its own, and volunteers are in the process of cataloguing the items and assigning donors’ names to each piece.

 

Two students on the university’s Conservation and Restoration degree course - Rhiannon Hughes and Kay Tetlow - spent several weeks during the summer identifying items which require attention by experts.

 

Third-year and postgraduate students on the degree course will repair the items as part of their studies this year before displaying their work at Lincoln Cathedral as part of their end-of-year degree show in May.

 

“Some of the items are in quite a parlous state because they’ve been neglected in the past,” said Steve Woods, press officer for the Sleaford Museum Trust. “We’re very pleased to have this relationship with the university and we’re more than happy to get help from people whose expertise exceeds our own.”

 

Sue Thomas, Head of the Conservation and Restoration Department at the university, said all the items the students normally work on come from museum collections, the National Trust, English Heritage and private owners.

 

“It’s always nice to work on collections from local museums,” she said. “This work came about because one of our students lives in Sleaford and offered to do voluntary work auditing the trust’s collection.”

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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