Conserving Christmases

Open Book

Conservator Gloria Conti looks at a fun item from our archives and tells us about the challenges of conserving a poster that would have been designed for use for only a short period of time…

Sometimes jobs can feel like a treat, and what’s better than a fun job just before Christmas?

In preparation for an internal Christmas display shown within our iconic Adam Dome at General Register House a couple of years ago, I was asked to take care of a piece coming from the Montagu Douglas Scott collection, Dukes of Buccleuch, GD224.

This was a letterpress printed poster dating 1892, part of a bundle of correspondence written between 1890 and 1893 (National Records of Scotland reference GD224/1018/19), advertising an exhibition of Christmas Trees taking place at St. Cuthbert’s Chapel and School in Hawick.

“Christmas trees will be covered with a large number of pretty and useful articles which…

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