Above: the transparencies of Wellington and Peace illuminated prior to their restoration.
The transparencies were conserved and made ready for display over 2022 and 2023. This involved humidifying the transparencies to help flatten them and make the crease lines where they had been folded less obvious, surface cleaning them, and stabilizing the vulnerable edges which featured holes where the transparencies had been tacked up inside window frames. Finally, skilled conservators retouched areas of the figures’ faces and some of the text to make them more legible, using pigments which can easily be removed in future if desired.
Browse through the gallery below to take a closer look at the work involved in this remarkable restoration.