Contributions to the 6th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium. 17-19th November 2010, Melbourne. p29-33
Three-dimensional paper objects can cause quandaries for paper conservators who are accustomed to dealing with two dimensional works, their structural aspect often requiring the collaboration of conservators and museum professionals from other disciplines. This paper describes the process of conserving a rare inflatable terrestrial paper globe and explores possible methods of displaying such an object. The early 19th-century globe is part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum’s (VNZMM) collection. Preliminary research has revealed that none of the few remaining examples of this type of globe held in international collections have been conserved to date. The unusual functional nature of this three-dimensional object and how this challenges the conservators’ conventional working methods will be explored.