As previously mentioned, the anatomical wax models were created by Friedrich Ziegler during the late 19th century and were used as teaching tools in the Medical School. From a sizable collection, four of the waxes have been selected for the exhibition curated by Professor Alice Roberts, ‘The Art of Anatomy’, on display at the Cadbury Research Library from 3 February – 18 June 2014.
The Cadbury Research Library Flickr stream featuring images from the exhibition can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadburyresearchlibrary/with/12207700984/
After a thorough search through the conservation literature on the composition of wax models and the various treatment methods available, a suitable approach was devised in consultation with Clare Marlow (Research & Cultural Collections), Sarah Kilroy and Marie Sviergula (Wilson Conservation Studio). The wax surfaces were initially dry-cleaned with a vacuum and a soft, sable-hair brush. After testing, the models were then wet-cleaned with cotton swabs and an appropriate solvent in a fume hood to remove the ingrained dirt.
A long process, but one with a very satisfying end result!
|'Brain washing' in the fume hood at the Wilson Conservation Studio (Photograph: Sarah Kilroy)|