University of Manchester

Designing a system to contain and conserve waterlogged objects in a submerged environment with a potential for exhibition

Jennifer Chow
Project Completed

Scientific Case

This is a project to explore the possibilities of conserving waterlogged archaeological wood with an implication to exhibit as it is being conserved. There are a number of questions that I hope to answer through this experiment,

 Is it possible to create an exhibition that will be of interest to the museum visitors, with the artefacts submerged in water?
 Would the artefacts be sufficiently preserved in such a state?
 How to prepare and maintain artefacts until the commencement of research, to maintain near to original condition (as found on-site)?
 How to control environmental conditions to make this presentation method sustainable?
 Is this way of presentation of noticeable advantage, when compared to conventional approaches?
 Is it possible to conduct experiments if such a controlled environment is exposed to public interaction for the sake of gaining an insight to measure visitor experience?
 If it is, what is the attitude of the audience towards such a form of exhibition?

With the help of the CT scanner, I am hoping to collect some quantitative data to analyse whatever outcome this project may produce.

Experiment Design

I am hoping to identify any major structural changes that may occur over the course of a year as it is being conserved. Having discussed this project with Tristan we came to the conclusion that 200micrometer is a good resolution to start with, and anything less would be a bonus
Scanners and Rigs
Nikon XTH225
Not Required
Timber fragment must remain waterlogged

Sample & Safety

The sample consists of a waterlogged archaeological oak timber fragment with an approximate dimensions of 500mm (l) x 130mm (w) x 30mm (d)
Low Hazard

Scan Records

Project Report