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Door to store: caring for your collection

Behind the scenes videos

The National Museum of Australia's rich and diverse collection comes from many far-flung places. The journey of objects and their life at the Museum is the inspiration for our series Door to store: caring for your collection.

Join us behind the scenes to see the work of our conservation, curatorial and registration teams, as our expert team demonstrates techniques for handling, storing and conserving objects, and offer practical examples to help you care for your collection at home.

The door to store series is linked to exhibitions on show in the Museum's Temporary Gallery. The program is screened to communities around Australia and we regularly record audio and video from the series.

Door to store transcripts and audio are available on the Museum's audio on demand page.

Check our online Calendar for upcoming programs.

Door to store: caring for watercolours and paintings

Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation at the National Museum of Australia shares best practice techniques in working with and handling watercolour and oil-based paintings.

Door to store: caring for your collection of medals and trophies

Advice on the best ways to conserve medals, trophies, jewellery and silverware.

Learn how to make simple and mild cleaning solutions, and when to ask an expert for help.

Featuring National Museum conservators Natalie Ison, Andrew Pearce and Peter Bucke.

Door to store: caring for your family history documents

Tips and a practical demonstration on finding and preserving your family history.

Learn how to search for, and maintain the documents you have, so that they last for years to come.

Featuring National Museum conservators Tania Riviere and Jess Wignell, and National Library of Australia family historian Jenny Higgins.

Door to store: caring for your photographic collection

Delve into the importance of photographs, how we look after photographs in our collection and how best to manage, store and protect your digital and printed photos at home.

Featuring Michelle Hetherington, George Serras, Jason McCarthy, Kerryn Wagg and Lisa O'Brien.

Recorded in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.

Door to store: caring for your collection of hats and shoes

Learn the best ways to care for your hats and shoes. Includes tips for constructing soft and rigid supports, storage bags and archival storage boxes.

Carmela Mollica, Michelle Newton-Edwards and Kerryn Wagg also answer questions about issues including the use of tissue paper and the storage of dresses with long skirts and trains. Recorded in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.

Door to store: caring for your collection of paper and textiles


The best ways to care for precious paper and textile items, such as photo albums and wedding dresses, as explained by conservators Kerryn Wagg and Carmela Mollica.

Learn about preventing deterioration and damage by maintaining stable and suitable environmental conditions, good handling practices and correct physical storage.

Door to store: Registration and the Springfield collection

Learn about the challenges and rewards of bringing the historic Springfield collection from the Faithfull family museum, near Goulburn, to its new home at the National Museum in Canberra.

Patrick Baum, Anne Kelly and Sara Kelly outline work to document, transport, treat and store this collection of objects ranging from costume and agricultural equipment to children's tea sets and books. Along the way 4000 records were created to bring this collection into the National Historical Collection.