Conservators from Bainbridge Conservation Photo: DDC

Come along on Saturday to explore the science of conservation at the Maison Dieu or suggest what should be put into a Dover time capsule on Saturday, 19 March (10am-4pm)

In the latest of a series of free-to-attend events, the Maison Dieu is exploring how scientific analysis can help date artefacts and reveal hidden stories as part of British Science Week (11-20 March 2022).

You can drop into the Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall) this Saturday 19 March (anytime between 10am to 4pm) to discover the science of paintings and object conservation in a creative day for all the family! 

Chat to conservators from Bainbridge Conservation to see at first hand the exciting work they are doing to clean and repair historic Maison Dieu paintings and furniture, including royal portraits and lion-headed chairs by Victorian designer William Burges. 

Have fun trying out conservation techniques such as gilding (using Dutch gold leaf) and surface cleaning a mocked-up painting, as well as creating your own stencilled design of colourful dragons, flowers and birds, inspired by William Burges’ historic paint scheme in the Connaught Hall and Mayor’s Parlour.

What would you put in Dover’s Community Time Capsule?

You can also find out about Dover’s Community Time Capsule. Tell us what we should put inside to capture the story of life in Dover today, before it’s buried this September. How can we make sure the objects will last at least 100 years? 

Find out about the History Diggers archaeological dig outside the Maison Dieu Stone Hall this Easter… and sign up as a volunteer archaeologist.

Also including building tours, object talks and a chance to view some recently discovered artefacts in close-up detail.

Free tickets via Eventbrite:

By Ed

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