Contributions to the 7th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium 29g31 August 2012 Brisbane, Australia
In 2009 a team of State Library of New South Wales conservators preserved a trade union banner for display in ONE hundred, the Mitchell Library centenary exhibition. The trade union banner created for the Sydney branch of the Federated Society of Boilermakers, Iron and Steel Shipbuilders of Australia was treated to reveal its original colour and detail, and to stop further damage. Conservators worked over several months to ensure that the banner, a symbol of the solidarity movement in NSW, could take its place in the exhibition. The banner has painted panels on both sides and is three metres square. Its sheer weight and size required some lateral thinking from conservators to display the banner. Rare earth magnets were used to position and hold the banner at 60 degrees on the support created by the exhibition designer.