A conservator's Titanic inspiration

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conservator Anne-Marie Hughes examining the Titanic lifejacket

When textile conservator Anne-Marie Hughes was still at school she saw a documentary that made a big impression on her. The programme featured a suitcase of clothing that had survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was fascinated to see how specialist conservators cleaned and preserved these delicate objects full of history.

She probably never imagined at the time that one day she would get to work on actual objects from the Titanic herself. However, Anne-Marie is currently preparing a number of items for a new display due to open in the Maritime Museum next year, including the Titanic lifejacket shown here.