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Ship Model Conservation Update

Last year, we received support from the Ballast Trust towards the conservation of a ship model which will be on display in Paisley Museum. We are happy to say that the repair work of the David Davis bucket dredger model is now complete. Although the ship model was in fair condition, it required structural and surface repairs to ensure its long-term preservation.

Structurally, several components required attention. The ladder to the front deck was detached, cranes were loose, and the bridge deck was unstable. The conservation team meticulously reattached the ladder and secured loose elements. They also addressed issues with handrails and a detached wooden box.

Before and after images of dust and paint repairs undertaken by our specialist conservators

On the surface, years of accumulated dirt and ageing paint required careful attention. Using brushes, vacuum cleaners, and damp swabs, conservators cleaned the model’s intricate details. Some areas of paint showed cracking and fading, necessitating consolidation and retouching.

Before and after images of the transformed bridge deck following conservation

We look forward to seeing the David Davis dredger on display and would like to thank the Ballast Trust once again for their support. The conservation of Paisley Museum collections is an important part of the Paisley Museum Reimagined project. With your support, our artefacts will be restored and preserved in the best possible condition for the next generation of visitors to enjoy.

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