We are delighted to say that the Clothworkers’ Foundation has awarded a Conservation Fellowship to Jeremy Uden, Senior Conservator at the Pitt Rivers Museum.
The award of £80,000 will enable Jeremy Uden as Senior Fellow to study the artefacts held at the Museum which were collected during the first and second voyages of Captain Cook to the Pacific. The grant will also fund a Junior Fellow for two years to work on smaller projects and carry out some of the Senior Conservator’s responsibilities.
Uden’s research will include investigating plant materials, resins and construction techniques used in the creation of the objects. Collaboration with analytical chemists from the Food and Environment Research Agency will also allow the development of protocols for testing pesticide residues on objects.
The information obtained during the project will be made available via a new website, which will replace the existing Forster Collection website. The new website will include photographs of all the objects held at the Museum from both voyages along with microscope views of materials, and the results of the chemical analysis.
We hope that the project will also inform the development of appropriate conservation techniques and materials identification for similar collections throughout the world.