Some questions followed the talk on how best to preserve and clean silver and these are the web links sent by Dr Kirstin Kennedy from the V & A.
Thank you for taking the trouble to pass on these kind comments, I’m really so glad your audience enjoyed the talk.
I must say I rather enjoyed giving it (and while I am looking forward to savouring the bottle of wine you generously gave me on a special occasion, it is nice to be able to enjoy the coasters every day! – I am very protective of my “mid-century modern” dining table!)
Apologies about the size of some of the slides – so difficult to tell when loading them on the small screen what they will be like on the big screen. (Oh for the days of real slides…)
I am not very used to handling a mike, and clearly my attempts to strike a balance between booming and pleasantly audible didn’t always work. Maybe one solution is simply to tell your next speaker to arrive in time for a warm-up, so he/she can get used to it, and you can check the decibels from the back of the hall.
Just a post-script to a couple of questions I was asked … you wanted to know about regimental silver. A colleague suggests contacting the National Army Museum, who now look after all the regimental museums: http://www.nam.ac.uk/research
And a lady asked about cleaning silver: this is the link to the page on the practical side of the subject written by our conservators: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/caring-for-your-silver/
Many thanks again for cheering up my Friday!