THE SCIENCE BIT

I attended a presentation on Thursday evening at John Jones in Finsbury Park, primarily to learn about their museum quality framing services, but by the time I left (with a large goody bag of samples and literature), I also had a new appreciation of the incredible amount of science that goes into the restoration and preservation of fine art works on paper.  Unlike the rest of the audience of mainly conservators and collection managers, I wasn't qualified to ask any questions about the relative merits of the huge range of acrylic glazing techniques available now, but I did learn enough to know that I can happily leave these decisions to the experts.  It was also a real treat to get a tour of the conservation department and to see some of the photographs in John Jones' own collection, including a large print of one of my favourites by the legendary Bill Brandt. To find out more about the work (and works) of John Jones, please visit johnjones.co.uk.