Restoration Trust trustee Frances Halahan ACR has produced a list of online conservation resources that meet her high standards! No flannel, no dodgy techniques, no overblown claims. Mostly not for DIY, except for managing moth top tips from English Heritage.

Tate website

Audrey and Her goats – Tate Conservation

Time-based Media Conservation

The Artist Rooms has a Learning resource section with information on a number of artists. Some of the info includes video which are quite interesting and also suggestions of things to do. It is generally free of artspeak and, in some cases, discusses the artist’s mental health.

V&A  Conservation Stories

Short films about particular conservation projects. They include miniatures, paintings, textiles, sculpture, well done and should be something of interest.

 National Gallery

Behind the scenes of the framing department

Making green tempera versus oil

Making six huge frames for Titian’s mythological paintings

Art restoration of one of our largest paintings: Relining Van Dyck’s ‘Charles I’

National Maritime Museum

Conserving the H3 Timekeeper parts 1 -5


Getty Conservation Institute

Kasbah Taourirt: Conserving Earthen Heritage in Morocco

Project Videos (20 videos)

Modern & Contemporary Art (31 videos)


English Heritage

Wrest Park Stores – not a video but interesting pictures etc.

Painting conservation in general

A day in the life of Audley End House and Gardens–CA

Uncovering Paintings and maps at Eltham Palace

Preserving graffiti on walls

J.W. Evans, Silver Factory, Birmingham

Not conservation but how silver was made and the production of dies and stamps interesting for anyone interested in how things were made.

Conservation behind the scenes  at Rievaulx Abbey

Spring cleaning the guns at Pendennis Castle

Conservation: Bringing the Light Back to Brodsworth Hall

Understanding clothes moths

How to protect against clothes moths


British Museum

Exploring the Mayan world. New technology to learn about Mayan architecture etc

Hands on with Sutton Hoo

Not conservation, but interesting talk about a sword and what you can learn


National Archives

The National Archives webinars and podcasts are a bit dry – mainly for someone with a specific interest


Asylum History

This short list of published sources and web links are all connected to the history of asylums. The books are available from libraries, and the web links on line. Please add to them if you can.

Barbara Taylor’s book has a useful select bibliography.

Roy Porter, A Social History of Madness: Stories of the Insane (London, 1987)

Barbara Taylor, The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times (London, 2014).

David Clark, The Story of a Mental Hospital: Fulbourn,1858-1983 (London, 1996)

Wise, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England (London, 2012)

Mark Davis, Marina Kidd, Voices from the Asylum, West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2013)

Web links
Mental Hospitals in England: A Gazetteer of Historic Asylums and Mental Hospitals in England, 1660-1948

First hand accounts of asylum life in twentieth century Britain, from the Mental Health Testimony Archive in the British Library Sound Archive.

St Luke’s Hospital Wikipedia entry


The Institute of Conservation has some useful leaflets about caring for heritage collections, including archives.