Pupils learn about conserving history

PUBLISHED: 14:20 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A GROUP of Pill school pupils has been researching conservation and scientific techniques to preserve historic objects and buildings.

A GROUP of Pill school pupils has been researching conservation and scientific techniques to preserve historic objects and buildings.

Eleven young people from St Katherine's School have taken part in a pilot project, which began in October.

They were helped by experts from the National Trust at Tyntesfield in Wraxall, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Bristol Museum and North Somerset Museum Service.

Led by sixth formers, April Holmwood and Chelsea Saroe, the pupils have been working with conservators, material scientists, entomologists and other specialists.

In London, they were shown the microscopes and X-ray equipment used to identify and age materials.

At Tyntesfield, pupils were told about the restoration of the mansion currently taking place and were also given the chance to study insects and pests that can destroy historical objects.

Also at Tyntesfield, the pupils gave a presentation when they shared with the audience what they had experienced, who they have worked with and what they have learnt.

Student Ajit Panchal said: "It is really good fun to learn about how many pests there are and what they can do to destroy museum items.

"I have learnt how to identify different pests using a microscope camera and have created my own pest reference collection."

The £4,000 project was funded by the Find Your Talent Pathfinder North Somerset Scheme, which is aimed at giving youngsters the chance to try out different cultural and creative activities.

North Somerset Council was rewarded £1.6million for the scheme to run from 2008-2011.

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