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Conservation update from the Clyde Room

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There’s been an awful lot of activity in the Clyde Room recently, highlighted in Iona’s slideshow and Picture of the Week. Among all the packing and moving, the last of the ship models are being conserved. All the ship models for the “big” displays have been conserved; what’s left are the largest models.

The three Queens, the biggest ship models in our collection, have been left until last to conserve. The logistics involved in moving them and then storing them once conserved meant it was easier to leave them and work on the smaller models first.

It took eight people to move Queen Mary out of her case and on to a work table!

I’ve spent the past four days swabbing the decks and checking Queen Mary’s condition. The key to working on such a large ship model is not to be put off by the size: she’s made of the same materials as many of the other ship models and due to her size it’s sometimes easier to access areas that are hard to reach on other, smaller models. That said, when you’re sat at the bow with a cotton bud it does seem an awful long way to the stern!

Queen Elizabeth is next on the list followed by Queen Elizabeth II. Once conserved, they’ll be installed at Riverside along with many of the other ship models from Glasgow Museums’ collection.

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