The Conservation team preserves and presents the museum's collection with respect for the integrity of each object.

They are responsible for developing various protocols and procedures for the conservation, display, care and handling of the museum's collection. 

The museum has four specialist conservators. They're experts in:

  • Conservation management
  • Conservation of paper
  • Photographic material
  • Textiles
  • Wooden, metal and composite objects
  • Mixed collections
  • Preventive conservation

Explore photos of our conservators at work

Learn about various treatments that our conservators have performed on objects in our collection  

Lucilla Ronai examining the large Frederick Elliot work comprising of many small watercolours. ANMM Collection 00054300

22 Jul 2020

Fixing the Frederick Elliott watercolours: A big conservation project of small paintings
Jeffrey Fox working on the cameo medallion of Sir Joseph Banks

08 Oct 2019

Bligh and Banks: Preserving a piece of history
Conservator Katie Wood using tweezers to place tiny pieces of Japanese tissue paper to repair the tear across the horizontal fold line

02 Aug 2019

Repairing the Past: Shining a light on Frances Bligh's letter
Reflected IR photograph, created by the conservation team to study the Blaeu globe. Image: Katie Wood/ANMM.

04 Jul 2019

What's in the world?
Image: Kate Pentecost/ANMM.

03 Jul 2019

Oh buoy!