Conserving and cleaning taxidermy and fossil specimens for Calke Abbey
Simon conserved a variety of specimens at Calke Abbey (National Trust). This included the cleaning, stabilisation and reconstruction of "exploded" echinoid fossils, and the cleaning of many inorganic salt minerals. He also cleaned and conserved some taxidermy specimens affected by mildew and rescued some severely insect-infested specimens.
A taxidermy case containing geese made in the 1820's had split due to low RH,
so repairs to the fabric of the case were needed. In addition a pet goose, also from the 1820's,
required cleaning and repairing as it had been damaged by Anthrenus larvae.
Simon also had to repair the ears of a long-eared bat damaged by larvae of Anthrenus carpet beetle.
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