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Conservation stories

Preparing the works of art in Eastern Encounters for display involved several years’ worth of conservation. Here are some of the stories behind the different treatments Royal Collection conservators carried out.

Explore the conservation stories below:

A jewelled necklace with a hidden treasure

This locket houses a tiny manuscript and both required careful conservation

Conserving Indian manuscripts

Painstaking conservation work was needed to allow the manuscripts to feature in the exhibition

Conservation of a Mughal painting

Cleaning revealed the painting's original bright colours and details

A closer look at a panoramic photograph

In preparation for the panorama’s display, conservators made a surprising discovery