Conservation Articles

The Box | What's in a frame?
Art - Jan 2021

What's in a frame?

How many times have you looked at an exhibition without noticing the frames or how much they add to the overall display? Frames not only provide support and protection for an artwork, they also affect how we view a painting. When we were developing the ‘Our Art’ gallery at The Box we had to devise a range of framing solutions for some of our most important works of art. Here are some key examples.

Displaying insects & biodiversity | Blog | The Box Plymouth
Natural History - Oct 2020

Displaying insects & biodiversity

We have over 100,000 insects in our collections at The Box, and we wanted to reflect this in the new natural history gallery, Mammoth.

Conserving an iconic painting
Art - May 2020

Behind The Scenes, 6 May 2020: A light in the dark - conserving an iconic painting

A few weeks ago we set down our tools, halted our installation and put collections back into storage as we prepared for lockdown. Although these are uneasy times, it’s also a chance for us to reflect on how far we’ve already come and look ahead. One of our works perfectly captures that search for light in the darkness. It’s William Daniell’s ‘Eddystone Lighthouse, During a Storm’, and it’s one of many works of art to undergo special conservation in preparation for our opening.