Day Thirteen. Final Day in Kosovo.

And all of a sudden the final day of the course was upon us.

The participants spent the morning finishing their final projects.  For the metals group this meant completing cleaning and corrosion removal from their swords and applying a protective coating of wax.  For ceramics some basic tissue paper fills were added and painted with a sympathetic colour.

Adding a protective coating of microcrystalline wax to a sword blade

Adding a protective coating of microcrystalline wax to a sword blade

Making last minute touches to the earthenware pithos

Making last minute touches to the earthenware pithos

The textiles group finished cleaning their cradle cover and made a lovely Tyvek and polyester wadding pad that would be rolled with the textile for storage;  and the Organics group finished cleaning their drum and miners bag and prepared them for their individual storage needs.

Final cleaning of the traditional cradle cover

Final cleaning of the traditional cradle cover

Inspecting the now clean miners bag.  An historic label was found within the bag during the cleaning process which provides some valuable information about its history.

Inspecting the now clean miners bag.  An historic label was found within the bag during the cleaning process which provides some valuable information about its history.

Once the treatments were all finished the students spent the rest of the day preparing powerpoint presentations about their projects.  These would be presented at the final ceremony later that evening.  While the students were busy, the team took the time to make sure all necessary documentation about the treated objects was complete and ready to hand over to the museum.  We also started  packing up all our kit, working out what equipment could be left with the museum for future use and began getting the museum’s main hall ready for the evenings ceremony.

The student's final projects on display ready for the certificate ceremony

The student's final projects on display ready for the certificate ceremony

After a quick change into our glad rags at the hotel we all headed back to the museum for the evenings certificate presentation ceremony.  This was a lovely event where the students, team members and museum staff alike were all able to reflect upon their personal highlights of this years course.  The participants gave their presentations and it was so rewarding to see just how much they had learnt over the past two weeks.  After such an intense few weeks of long working days it certainly makes you realise why its all worth it!  The students were all then individually presented with their certificates for completing the course. We had some great results this year with all the students passing with great marks!

The textiles team exhibit their padded textile roll as part of their final presentation

The textiles team exhibit their padded textile roll as part of their final presentation

3 proud participants and their certificates

3 proud participants and their certificates

After the ceremony we all shared some food together before heading to a local bar to celebrate.  It also happened to be one of the participants birthdays so there was double reason for celebration and everybody was keen to spend some down time together before heading our separate ways in the morning. 

Some of the participants and some of the museum staff post for a celebratory photo......

Some of the participants and some of the museum staff post for a celebratory photo......

......as do some of the team....

......as do some of the team....

Final celebrations

Final celebrations

Its hard to believe that yet another course is over and that it has passed so quickly.  It will be sad to leave lovely Kosovo and all our lovely new (and old) friends, but maybe we’ll leave a little something behind – because as they say in Kosovo,  "if you leave something behind when you go then you will be sure to return"…. fingers crossed….