Glass in antiquity, lecture


This June 2019 video is called How the Romans Made Glass.

This afternoon in the antiquities museum, there was a lecture about how their present Glass in antiquity exhibition was prepared.

The lecture was by Ms Renske Dooijes, one of two people who had worked almost full time for months to make the glass in the museum’s depots ready for the showcases.

Much of the glass had to be assessed whether it was in a fit condition for the exhibition.

If not, it had to be restored, or earlier restorations had to be done all over again with newer methods, better kinds of glue, etc.

Decisions had to be made on types of showcases, their temperature, and other factors.

Crizzling of glass (though often more of a problem in seventeenth century than in Roman age glass) had to be prevented.

Ms Dooijes had used three special restoration kinds of glue for the glass.

She had also used acrylic paint.

In difficult cases, a dentist’s drill had to be used, to remove hard polyester from an earlier restoration.

When all the 450 glass items were ready for the exhibition, a cart brought them there.

Ms Dooijes said that though there had been progress in recent decades in restoration, in about a hundred years the glue would not be good enough any more, and there would have to be restoration again.

4 March would be the last day of this exhibition.

Then, in the same hall of the museum, there would be, from 5 April on, an exhibition on ancient ceramics from Syria.

Dutch medieval and renaissance glass: here.

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