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Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler

Support the Royal Daimler Project to make this historic car fit for a Queen again. Track the progress and discuss with conservators at the National Museum of Australia.

View the Royal Daimler Project

The National Museum's conservation team manages the preservation and maintenance of the collection. Go behind the scenes to explore some of the Museum's conservation projects and images of conservators at work.

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Brisbane Stock Exchange boards conservation

The Museum's conservators give a selection of trading boards from the Brisbane Stock exchange some special treatment.

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Blaxland clock conservation

Specialist horological conservator Peter Bucke closely examines and documents the condition of the Blaxland clock.

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Chinese processional costume material analysis

Museum conservators investigate the materials used to embroider a Chinese processional costume.

The chair before conservation treatment showing damage to the seat, armrests and sides.

Ben Chifley's chair restored for display

A chair used by former prime minister Ben Chifley is treated to stabilise existing damage and restore it to its former appearance, before it goes on exhibition.

Conservator Carmela Mollica working on Makybe Diva jockey silks worn by Glen Boss

Melbourne Cup jockey silks conservation

Textile conservators treat two historic jockey silks worn by Glen Boss, in preparation for display in the Landmarks gallery.

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Kenya windmill conservation

A large windmill which stood on a Queensland station for more than 80 years is re-assembled in readiness for display at the National Museum.

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New life for old theatre seats

Conservators bring new life to some long-forgotten seats from Bowraville's Ray-Mond theatre.

Robert Menzies' Bentley car

Robert Menzies' car preserved for posterity

Conservators rise to the challenge of caring for the badly-damaged engine of an historic Bentley S3 car used by former prime minister Robert Menzies.

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Displaying the Batman land deed

The Batman land deed is a significant, but fragile, document housed in a custom-built case, allowing visitors to see the document up close.


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Historic sporting trophies preserved

Hundreds of hours were spent working on rugby league trophies displayed in the travelling exhibition League of Legends.

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Stretching a canvas for exhibition

Conservators prepare a Western Desert Aboriginal painting for display in the Papunya Painting exhibition.

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Salt Water Heroes emergency operation

Conservators conduct emergency treatments to repair and stabilise a series of paintings which were damaged during a severe hail storm.

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Authenticating the Leichhardt nameplate

Detailed scientific analysis helps to establish the first authenticated relic from Ludwig Leichhardt's lost exhibition.