My name is Dae Young Yoo and I am the MSc. Conservation student placement with UCL Museums and Collections. One of my objects that I have been assigned to research and conserve is a thermopile from the Physiology Department.
For most of the last two weeks of September I was working on a collections project aimed at auditing, repacking and photographing the UCL Physiology Collection. Although the collection itself consists of only 82 objects (for now), it shares its store room with a large number of additional objects, papers, books and other ‘misc’ material. It was quite a job, and took 5 of us the best part of two weeks to complete.
Among the objects and papers we saw during the work were two 20th century dog respirators, half a door, papers relating to experiments on Everest and lots of framed portraits and photos.
Included in this last lot was a particularly perplexing object, which caused us all to scratch our heads for a while.