As the scale of this exhibition is so huge - the effort involved in staging it is massive, including teams of museum staff across curatorial, conservation, registration, preparators... 

Here's a peek behind the scenes. For more insights, check out our Bligh Stories blogs.

Conservator Jeff Fox and Registrar Nicole Dahlberg installing exhibition objects. Image: ANMM
Conservator Jeff Fox and Registrar Nicole Dahlberg installing exhibition objects relating to Elizabeth Bligh's shell collection. Image: ANMM

Conservator Jeff Fox working on cameo. Image: ANMM
Conservator Jeff Fox working on a blue jasper cameo of Sir Joseph Banks in the conservation lab. Image: ANMM


Conservator Katie Wood working on restoration of Fanny Bligh's letter. Image: ANMM
Conservator Katie Wood works on restoration of Fanny Bligh's letter in the conservation lab. Image: ANMM


Conservator Katie Wood working on restoration of Fanny Bligh's letter. Image: ANMM
Conservator Katie Wood working on restoration of Fanny Bligh's letter. Image: ANMM

Registrar Anupa unpacking James Cook tea tray
Registrar Anupa unpacking James Cook tea tray. Image: ANMM 

Conservator Nick unpacking Joseph Banks cameo
Conservator Nick unpacking blue jasper Joseph Banks cameo. Image: ANMM 

Installing exhibition objects. Image: ANMM
Installing exhibition objects. Image: ANMM

Conservator Nick and registrar Anupa unpacking artwork
Conservator Nick and Registrar Anupa unpacking artwork. Image: ANMM 

Conservator Katie Wood and Registrar Nicole Dahlberg. Image: ANMM
Conservator Katie Wood and Registrar Nicole Dahlberg. Image: ANMM