Monitor Conservation lecture at The British Museum


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Last month, Eric gave a lecture on the conservation of the USS Monitor at The British Museum in London, England.  The talk was held at the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research and was well attended by staff.   This was a great opportunity to share conservation challenges and successes with our colleagues in the UK, and hear some valuable observations from British Museum scientists and conservators.  Many thanks to The British Museum for hosting the lecture!

3 thoughts on “Monitor Conservation lecture at The British Museum”

  1. Eric, Congratulations, that is very cool that you’d get to go there to share what you all have learned. Did you explain the rules to the staff’s lunch time game of Dahlgren gun rolling? I’ll bet thay think you yanks are clever chaps! (see the slide in your lecture photo)

    1. Hi Neil,

      We have not used lasers to remove corrosion on Monitor artifacts as part of conservation treatments due in part to cost benefits as well conservation ethics. Most large-scale conservation grade laser cleaning systems (the kind that would be required) are highly expensive to purchase and maintain, and actually may not be as efficient as our current methods of corrosion reduction and removal. Also, although laser treatment techniques are widely used and accepted in the field of stone conservation, the jury is still out on their use in treatment of metals due to the ability of the laser light energy to be absorbed by a metal substrate upon which corrosion is being removed. There is some evidence that laser cleaning on metals can permanently alter the surface crystalline structure on metal objects. The research is ongoing.
      Thanks for the question and keep coming back to the blog!!