Barbara cleaning the weapons at Vindolanda
In January of every year, the Vindolanda Trust museum staff and volunteers carry out the museums’ annual cleaning programme. The cases are opened and every artefact is checked to make sure that there are no signs decomposition and then the case are cleaned and hovered. Special care is taken with the incredibly fragile organic artefacts. The glass doors are also cleaned inside and out to make sure the visitors will get the best possible view of the artefacts.
Barbara cleaning the glass on the wall of shoes case at Vindolanda
If any artefacts show any signs of problems they are sent to the on-site Conservation Laboratory for stabilisation, but due to the fantastic design of the cases that were put in in the winter 2010-2011 and the use of environmental controls in the cases, all of the artefacts proved to be in continual good condition.
At the Roman Army Museum, it is also a time for making sure all of the Roman solider manikins receive their yearly wash and all of the replica food and equipment are cleaned and checked.
Jayne cleans the replica armour at the Roman Army Museum
Even though the both museums receive through daily cleans throughout the season from our dedicated team, this once a year spring clean means that every artefact, replica and piece of equipment is check and found to be safe and in good working order for the year to come.
We can’t wait to welcome the first visitor to the site when they fully reopen on Feb 8th, just in time for the schools half term. (Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum are fully open 10am-4pm on Saturday s and Sundays till Feb 2nd).
Posted by Barbara Birley