November 22, 2012

national museum australia - Museum Workshop

Museum Workshop now showing in Canberra

From 25 October 2012 to 28 January 2013. Free. Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
Enter the Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator exhibition and immerse yourself in the behind-the-scenes world of the conservation team, the people responsible for the physical care of objects in the National Museum of Australia's collection.

Visit the conservation laboratories

The Museum Workshop exhibition brings to life the National Museum's large technology, objects and paintings, and paper and textiles laboratories.

What's new?

Preparing a pram for display

Join conservator Andrew Pearce as he works on this eye-catching pram in the Museum Workshop exhibition.

Colour photograph showing a wooden pram with two sets of metal wheels, sitting on a bench in a workshop. The pram's hood sits alongside.
Wignalls brand bamboo pram with cane and seagrass decorations.
The pram was made in Hobart by Wignalls. It's being prepared for display in the upcoming exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.
The pram's body is made from timber and shaped bamboo, with cane and seagrass decoration and a green canvas hood.
This composite construction proposes an interesting challenge for conservators as they work with multiple materials.
Conservator Andrew Pearce will complete his work on the pram towards the end of this week.
More on the pram and the objects and paintings conservation lab


Experience more conservators in action

Talk with conservators about their work and take advantage of this special access to the world of a museum conservator. See conservators preparing photo albums and period costumes for our upcoming exhibition, Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.
Watch the technology team working on the 1948 Daimler car used by Queen Elizabeth II during her 1954 tour of Australia. Discover how we treat cracks and splits in Aboriginal bark paintings and see conservators servicing the Museum's chronometer collection.
Check the workshop schedules to see when our conservators are in action

Explore some of the objects on show

Various objects from the National Museum's collection will be on show in the Museum Workshop exhibition. The great diversity of objects in the collection means it is rare that any two conservation treatments are identical.

Find out more about conservation at the Museum

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