Arms and armour
Conservation project profile
What are we conserving?
The display includes muskets, pistols, bayonets and sword blades in trophies, pikes, drums and bandoliers arrayed in impressive repeat patterns high on the walls of the chamber.
At junctures there are wood carved centrepieces by Grinling Gibbons.
Conservation is due to begin in spring 2007
A specialist arms and armour metals conservator and a collections assistant will put inventory tags on each item before removing them from the wall.
The work plan is to proceed around the King’s Guard Chamber panel by panel. Each panel contains anywhere from 350 to 500 pieces of armour.
The pieces will be removed from the King’s Guard Chamber to the conservation laboratory. Here they will be photographed; condition-audited and undergo conservation treatment.
The basic treatment will be to remove old surface coatings and rust. A new coating will then be added to protect the pieces from environmental changes.
Other conservation projects
- Hampton Court’s tapestries: how long will they last?
- Virtual reality for Hampton Court’s tapestries
- Mission impossible: Reigate stone conservation project
- Dust-busters: studying and monitoring dust levels
Palace upkeep is expensive work and as an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.
We depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors to help us conserve these wonderful palaces for future generations. Find out how you can support us or become a volunteer.
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