The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has recently come under fire for fixing an artifact with epoxy glue. Oops!
The mask of King Tutankhamun was being cleaned when the iconic beard came off, and was rumoured to be hastily reattached with the inappropriate adhesive. And poorly reattached too, with reports the remnants of the glue were visible to viewers of the object.
The Museum sector has guidelines for the correct materials and methods to be used in the conservation, preservation, and repair of historic items, and we do our best to stick to these rules as much as possible. Acid-free, pH neutral, non-corrosive, and ideally reversible if need be.
For more information on caring for, and fixing, artifacts, check out the Canadian Conservation Institute here. Or, visit your local museum or archive center for a chat with a friendly conservator or collection manager. We are always willing to help!