The Santic silks, worn and autographed by Glen Boss, a Sydney jockey also known as 'Bossy', arrived at the Museum framed flat. The silks were released from their non-archival mounting and framing system to enable their display on a custom-made mannequin. Staining on the Forrester silks was investigated with ultraviolet light technology, assisting conservators to develop treatment options while considering the age and stability of the material. The stain was then treated with solvent and other areas of damage repaired.
Photos: George Serras.
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Conservator Carmela Mollica working on the Makybe Diva jockey silks worn by Glen Boss. Before being acquired by the National Museum of Australia, the silks were framed using staples and double-sided tape to attach them to a backing board. Removing the silks from the backing board provided a challenge to Museum conservators.