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  

Reflected IR photograph, created by the conservation team to study the Blaeu globe. Image: Katie Wood/ANMM.

What's in the world?

04 Jul 2019

The Blaeu globe is one of the oldest objects in the collection. Recently the conservation team carried out visual and photographic analysis to work out how this globe was made and find out what has happened to it over the last 400 years…

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Rusticles and wrecks

08 Jan 2019

The conservation team faced a new challenge as part of James Cameron - Challenging the Deep: How to display the decay of metal-hulled ships?

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Book Conservation

Beyond a book's cover

09 Aug 2018

You might be surprised to discover that over 50% of the Museum’s collection is paper, photographic material and bound items – also known simply as ‘books’. Where else would those swashbuckling adventurers record their travels than in their trusty but often weathered journals?

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Lighthouse 3D

Capturing a lighthouse in 3D

31 Aug 2017

Conservators rarely have the opportunity to access made-for-conservation equipment, software, tools or chemicals. We borrow and adapt things intended for other environments.

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Building the lighthouse

How to build a lighthouse

20 Aug 2017

In 1993, the Australian National Maritime Museum was ready the rebuild the Cape Bowling Green Light. This visual story shows how the lighthouse was rebuilt piece by piece at Darling Harbour.

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