Conservation of 16th-century Watercolours by John White

The Elizabethan artist John White made five voyages to the New World between 1584 and 1590 and was the first Englishman to record the flora, fauna and indiginous people of the continent we know today as America.

Seventy-five of White's beautiful watercolours were bound in an album that came close to destruction in a fire in 1865. Although damaged, the drawings survived and are now among the most iconic images in the British Museum's collection.

Judith Raynor, Senior Paper Conservator of Western Art on Paper at the British Museum, will describe the way the drawings were prepared for a recent exhibition, explaining how scientists and conservators examined them, and illustrating the conservation treatments carried out.

Booking information: please call 0870 050 3688 for tickets.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets 10 2.30pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)