Conserving Ancient Egypt (The Project)
A conservation and technical investigation project has accompanied the refurbishment of the Egyptian Galleries. It will continue through the rest of 2006 as we treat additional objects for rotation into the displays and prepare publication of the research.
Environmental and burial conditions in Egypt have ensured good preservation of even the most fragile and vulnerable materials used in antiquity, such as basketry, textiles and wood.
However, some damage and deterioration have inevitably occurred over time. Also, some early attempts at preservation and restoration used materials and techniques that have aged badly or have put additional strain on already fragile structures.
A good understanding of the deterioration processes, minimal interference with the original structures and the use of rigorously tested repair materials are central to conservation work today.