11th May 2006

 

UNUSUAL ARTEFACTS IN CONSERVATION SHOWCASE

 

A ceremonial musical instrument from Tibet and a stable door bearing a horseshoe belonging to a 19th-century Grand National winner are just two of the fascinating artefacts which will be on show in Lincoln from tomorrow (Friday).

 

The items are part of the degree show being staged by final-year students on the Conservation and Restoration course at the University of Lincoln.

 

Students on the course learn how to conserve and restore historical artefacts and get to put their skills into practice by working in the laboratory on authentic items.

 

Charlotte Ridley (21) from High Wycombe had to contact West Midland Safari Park to ask for a sample of yak’s hair so that she could analyse and compare fibres from the textile on the rag-dung, a long copper horn used in Tibetan ceremonies.

 

“The yak’s hair was duly obtained and sent to Charlotte by post,” said Jennifer Griffiths, a third-year student who is co-organising the exhibition.

 

“Apparently this was not an easy task as the yaks like to keep hold of their hair, particularly in the winter months!”

 

Charlotte is to spend 10 weeks on a Smithsonian Internship at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC this summer.

 

Jason Vincent (42) from Lincoln has conserved the upper half of the Lubenham Stable Door, an oak-panelled stable door from Market Harborough Museum.

 

The door has nine horseshoes nailed to the front which carry the names of horses and the races they won. One of the horseshoes belonged to Alcibade, who won the 1865 Grand National, while another six were won by a horse called Bridegroom.

 

The exhibition will be on show at Chad Varah House on Wordsworth Street off Steep Hill from tomorrow (Friday 12th May) until Tuesday 16th May.

 

There will be a private view tomorrow and the exhibition will be open from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and from 9.30am until 5pm on the Monday and Tuesday.

 

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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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