Go back to article: Doping at the Science Museum: the conservation challenge of doped fabric aircraft in the Flight gallery

Abstract

This article concerns the conservation of historic doped fabric aeroplanes in the static museum setting of the Science Museum’s Flight gallery. It reviews historic sources, primarily archival and scientific research papers, to examine what doped fabric aeroplanes are made from, and why these materials were selected.

It also discusses current conservation methods used for treating tears in the doped fabric covering of aeroplanes, and considers the ethical and practical limitations of these practices. An overview of the doped fabric aircraft collection currently held by the Science Museum is also presented.

Component DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15180/160605/001