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Conservation videos

Conservation videos

Immerse yourself in the behind-the-scenes world of the conservation team at the Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator exhibition.

Keeping the Enterprise steaming: large technology conservation

Museum conservators Col Ogilvie, Ainslie Greiner and David Hallam describe their work conserving large technology objects, with special reference to the paddle steamer Enterprise.

The Enterprise is one of the oldest functioning paddle steamers in the world and requires an ongoing maintenance program, including a major overhaul in a dry dock every three years. 

All manner of objects and their conservation

Caring for objects ranging from chronometers to an 1821 horsedrawn coach owned by the Ranken family requires knowledge of a range of materials and an understanding of how those materials deteriorate.

Conservators Andrew Pearce, Peter Bucke and Natalie Ison describe their backgrounds, training, experience and their work at the National Museum of Australia.

Objects and painting conservation

More on the Ranken family's horsedrawn coach

Delicate fibres: paper and textiles conservation

Conservators Carmela Mollica and Jess Wignell gain great satisfaction from their work getting 'up close and personal' with delicate textile and paper objects. 

Learn how racing silks worn by Makybe Diva jockey Glen Boss were treated and how research led to the reclassification of a distinctive 1870s dress. See paper-based objects being hinged into mounts ready for display.

Conserving the Queen's Daimler

The National Museum's large technology team bring conservation and automotive engineering skills to the Royal Daimler Project. The work will result in the dilapidated 1948 Daimler landaulette car being returned to a functional state and conserved to reflect the stately glory it held as part of Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 Australian Royal Tour.

Large technology conservation

Royal Daimler Project

Storing glass plate negatives: an internship project

Masters student Steven Kramer describes his internship project on the storage of the National Museum of Australia's glass plate photography collection.

Paper and textiles conservation

Cinema chairs conservation

Objects conservator Peter Bucke and textile conservator Carmela Mollica outline their work on different components of worn and corroded cinema chairs from the historic Ray-Mond movie theatre in Bowraville, New South Wales.

After being stored under the theatre for many years, the velvet-upholstered chairs were cleaned, treated and stabilised for exhibition and long-term storage at the National Museum.