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Conservation of Posters

Great article about conservation of twentieth century posters, including a very very large one…

The Book & Paper Gathering

Lisa Cumming and Vicki Hanley, National Museums Scotland


From March to June 2012 an exhibition of Scottish railway art entitled See Scotland by Train was held at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), Edinburgh. It predominantly showcased original posters, as well as oil paintings, photographs and artefacts to complement and highlight the story of railway art in Scotland from the turn of the 20th century until the present day. Leading artists of the time, such as Frank Brangwyn, Terence Cuneo and Henry Gawthorn were commissioned by railway companies to create these evocative and nostalgic images, and collectively they created a beautiful and extremely popular exhibition.

This article focuses on the management of this exhibition by a small conservation team; from planning to budget issues, materials to design, but in particular, the method of conservation and display adopted for the majority of the posters.

Planning and Decision Making


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