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On 22 – 23 June the University of Cambridge Museums held a Conservation of Basketry Master class by Barbara Wills. The two-day course focused on the interpretation of what is meant by the term ‘basketry’ and where it can be found, the identification of plant materials, and what to do when you come across them in your collections.
The course was evenly split between theory and practical sessions, we got to handle the teaching collection at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology identifying different basketry techniques, and a hands on conservation practical session hosted by the Sedgwick Museum in their preparation laboratory.
The course was insightful and extremely useful, with transferable practical skills, which can be easily applied to other collections.
Kirstie Williams, Organic Conservator, University of Cambridge Museums