In 2008, local teddy bear collector Mr Simpson bequeathed the majority of his bear collection – 269 in total, built up over many years – to Hampshire County Museums Service. In 2013, Mr Simpson died, leaving the remainder of his collection to the museums service, along with a legacy for their care and display. Honouring Mr Simpson’s bequest, the bears will all be reunited in Mr Simpson’s Teddy Bear Museum, opening in 2021 at Milestones Museum.
But first, they need to be made ready - all the bears are being cleaned and conserved in preparation for display. In the second of four instalments, conservator Ruth James continues to work on Tino. The hole in his chest has been patched using an open weave darn and his arm has now been stabilized. The next challenge for Ruth is to stabilize his upper left leg, which has been quite badly damaged by moths.
See more of Ruth working on Tino in Mr Simpsons Bears part one.
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