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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.

Cordless Backpack Vacuum Comparison

Cordless Backpack Vacuum Comparison Nilfisk GD5 v Pacvac Superpro Battery 700

Cordless Backpack Vacuum Comparison

Cordless Backpack Vacuum Comparison Nilfisk GD5 v Pacvac Superpro Battery 700

William Robinson Research Project

A significant QUT and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) collaboration to research the technical art history and conservation treatment of William Robinson’s paintings was begun in November 2014 with the two year appointment of paintings conservator, Sophie Theobald