An objects conservator removed surface dirt from the handbag, earrings, necklace, camera and case, film case and tripod using cotton wool swabs dampened with de-ionised water. The necklace was found to have a broken clasp and so a silicone rubber mould was taken of the original in order to cast an intact replica replacement for the damaged one.

All the paper-based items contained in the woman’s handbag, ranging from receipts to parking tickets, were treated individually by a paper conservator. These were primarily dusted and, in most cases, humidified and pressed. Care was taken not to make these bits and pieces appear ‘new’ but to document their condition and degree of fading and wear. Historical photographs of the sculpture were used to help curator and conservator decide how to return the items to the handbag in the most accurate manner.