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Tag: conservation

Conservator’s Corner: Knight in shining armour

October 5, 2010

Erika Taylor
We have had a Finnish furniture conservation student, Sanna Makarainen, with us in the Conservation Department undertaking a 3 month internship with Bronwen Griffin, Mixed Media Conservator. Sanna recently worked on a mounted knight for the Tinytorium exhibition.

Tutorial: How to make a simple paper wig

September 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
This method of making wigs for display mannequins has been used in museums for over 20 years. It is a great way for small museums and fashion students to create elegant wigs cheaply and easily. We have used white paper for our tutorial, but you could use anything you liked; ribbon, fabrics, unusual papers.

Design underground #1 – In the fashion vault

August 3, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Yesterday afternoon we kicked off the Design Underground tours as part of Sydney Design 2010 with an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the expansive storage facilities of the Museum's costume and accessories collection.

Conservator’s Corner- The Hugo Schroeder Telescope

July 12, 2010

Erika Taylor
A major project to overhaul the Sydney Observatory’s 11.5? Schroeder Telescope has been recently completed. It coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Observatory on 5 June 2008. The key aim was to return the telescope to its 1870s appearance and configuration.

Conservator’s Corner- Changing preservation practices

June 16, 2010

Erika Taylor
Tim Morris, conservator metal and small technology, is currently working on a model that demonstrates a principle of physics. It was conserved in 1986 using products that would be used if it was to be operated on a regular basis.

Conservator’s Corner- Preserving the Cyril Ruwald Collection

May 19, 2010

Erika Taylor
We have received funding for a project called TAM (Total Asset Management). The project focuses on our collection, rather than on exhibitions. The objective is to preserve, document and manage the collection so that it can be made more widely accessible.

Where do exhibitions go when they die?

May 10, 2010

Alison Brennan
I can’t believe that one of our longest lived exhibitions, Never Done, is finally ………almost done. I am sure that many staff, volunteers and visitors will be saddened by the removal of this old favourite.

Conservator’s Corner: Investigating our plastics collection

April 14, 2010

Erika Taylor
During the period 1929-55, the Museum director Arthur de Raymond Penfold became fascinated by a new material called plastic and stated: The way they stirred the imagination of the public is as much a marvel as the wizardry of the modern organic chemist who gave us the great invention.

Conservator’s Corner: Caring for Planes

April 7, 2010

Erika Taylor
We recently acquired the famous Genairco Bi-plane. Tthe Genairco was the first of several aircraft to have flown under the Sydney Harbour Bridge which opened in 1932'. The bi-plane has been stored at Wiseman’s Ferry in a hangar.

Conservator’s Corner- Creating simple wigs for display

March 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
Ever since the Powerhouse Museum opened in 1988, curator, Lindie Ward and textile conservator, Suzanne Chee have been making simple paper wigs for the museum’s mannequins. The wigs they have created are mimimal and they enhance rather than detract from the dress on display.

Engines- restoration or conservation?

October 6, 2009

Debbie Rudder
Collecting and tinkering with engines is still a popular hobby today. Although fewer young people are getting involved than in the past, some are discovering the fascination of these objects and the skills to be developed by working with them.