8 February 2012
Last updated at 15:42
Olympic posters from the 1972 Munich Games, created by David Hockney and Max Bill among others, have been restored in Sunderland and will go on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum. (Pictures courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums © EDITION OLYMPIA 1972 Gmbh 1971)
Christina Stephenson, who restored the posters, has also worked on statues at Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle and cleaned Tyrannosaurus Rex teeth at the Great North Museum.
Among the outstanding sporting performances at Munich were the seven gold medals won by swimmer Mark Spitz but the 1972 Games are perhaps most remembered for the killing of 11 members of the Israeli team by Palestinian gunmen.
Ms Stephenson said: “The posters were in a relatively reasonable condition, but were still in need of conservation to repair and preserve them. All small tears and paper damage were repaired with delicate handmade Japanese paper, as it has a very long fibre and is flexible. To bond it, we used a gluten free wheat starch paste, which is reversible and invisible."
She continued: "The posters were then humidified, and then gradually dried out in a large veneering press, which is traditionally used to veneer wood."
She says the restoration process is "long but very rewarding". The posters will go on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum from next Saturday, 11 February, until Tuesday 5 June.