Objects and textiles conservation

To organise an initial consultation that includes examination and treatment recommendations for your object, please make an appointment with staff from the objects department on (+61 3) 9348 5747.

Treatment of a statue of an asian warrior
Treatment of a statue

Objects conservation includes a diverse range of three-dimensional objects. These can include works of art such as sculptures made from wood, metal and plaster, ceramics and glass, archaeological artefacts, ethnographic material, contemporary mixed media pieces incorporating synthetic materials such as plastics, sporting memorabilia, keepsakes, collectables and social history items.

Services provided by our conservators may include examination and documentation, simple preservation techniques for safe storage and long-term preservation to more complex conservation treatments required to arrest active deterioration.

The conservation treatments undertaken by the objects conservators vary depending on the needs of the object and the specific requirements of the client. These treatments include; but are not limited to:

  • condition reporting and documentation, sampling and scientific analysis 3D photogrammetry and documentation
  • aqueous and non-aqueous surface cleaning and stain removal
  • stabilisation of surfaces
  • adhesion and consolidation of breaks and damages surfaces
  • reshaping of organic objects (relaxing and humidification)
  • infill losses or replacement of missing pieces
  • creating appropriate archival quality mounts and inserts for storage.

Larger projects - available conservation services include:

Our team also have experience managing larger projects such as outdoor sculpture surveys with preservation/treatment advice, murals and public monuments. Our staff are Quarantine Accredited Persons, and can identify quarantine risks and how processing and treatments may reduce these risks. Staff hold certificates in: working at heights; general construction (white ticket) and elevated work platform operation.

Conservation treatments undertaken may include:

  • cleaning and stain removal
  • surface consolidation
  • surface protection
  • re-gilding or re-painting
  • site preparation and on-going preservation maintenance management.

Textiles conservation includes a wide range of textile-based objects including costumes, uniforms, flags, banners, embroideries and samplers, wall hangings and tapestries.

Available textile conservation services include

  • condition reporting and documentation
  • cleaning and stain reduction
  • stabilisation and repairs of tears
  • flattening of creases and distortions
  • lining weak or damaged areas
  • design of custom mounting supports and storage solutions.

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