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Tips, Tricks & Tools: AICCM NSW Members share their top trade secrets

On Tuesday 11 June, 20 conservators met in the beautiful lab space at Preservation Australia to listen and share ideas on conservation tips, tricks and special tools.

Simple sustainability practices in Conservation – What can you do?

Here at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) we are not just about sustainability of our oceans and waterways, we think about landlubbers too. With sustainability being a part of our world, there are ways we can reduce what we throw away to prevent more material going into landfill.

3D Scanning Western Australian Museum Artefacts

3D scanning and 3D printing have opened up a range of new opportunities in the museum sector. Although the use of 3D scanning in museums is still in its infancy, applications include visitor engagement opportunities, the improved digitisation of records, and aiding in the preservation and...

3D Printing a Replica Frame: A First in Australia

This report aims to share an experiment where a reproduction of a 19th century ornate gilt frame was 3D-printed for the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get: An interview with Cobus Van Breda

Recent statistics from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology are sobering – 2015 was the fifth warmest year on record and the summer of 2015/16 recorded the hottest sea surface temperatures on record; 2016 was the fourth warmest year on record; 2017 was the third warmest year on record whilst in...
Image of disposable gloves, photograph by Julien Harneis

Sustainability and disposable gloves

Lately I’ve been thinking about sustainability in Conservation—what can I do to reduce our environmental footprint? One of the biggest non-recyclable products used in conservation are gloves; nitrile, vinyl, latex. That is, until recently.

Low Tech – Technical Note on black lacquer coated silver

A request from his daughter Kirsteen for Ian MacLeod to clean all of grandma's silver tea service and bring it to Melbourne on his next trip from Perth saw him discover a numbered silver dish from "Wm Rogers of Hamilton Ontario, EP on Copper WMMTS 33/103" which was covered with a very dense

Mad About Mounting

The exhibition Hokusai currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGVI) until 15th October is a result of a close collaboration between the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (JUM) in Matsumoto, Japan and the NGV. The exhibition comprises of over 170 works by Katsushika Hokusai, ‘the old man mad...

The Conservation of a Gilded Compo Frame Grace Barrand

This treatment was carried out whilst I was completing a month long internship in the paintings department at Artlab in Adelaide.

Technical note: Feather ‘fill’ for damaged feathers on a headdress

Treating damaged feathered can be tricky due to their structure, colour and shape. Recently I had the opportunity to trial using painted acrylic sheeting as a fill to minimise the appearance of damaged feathers on a Dhari headdress.