Category Archives: Conservation

Interview with the conservators

The Royal Daimler Project is speeding along and we are getting close to our fundraising finishing line. We have developed a video documenting some of the work we have been doing with the support we have received from members of … Continue reading

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Rolling out the royal cars

The dust covers came off, the conservation team were on hand and the engines came to life at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. It was one of those rare moments when the spark of history is tangible. Where … Continue reading

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Riding in Style

On the 13th February, I had the good fortune to visit the Coventry Transport Museum to see the Daimler de36 Landaulette in their collection. Many thanks to Stuart Wilkinson, the Chairman of the Transport for organising the visit, driving me … Continue reading

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A Gem from our Archive

Risk Management was alive and well in 1948 during the manufacture of the Daimler….. it was just expressed a bit differently as can be seen from this charming memo from Hooper & Co (Coachbuilders) Ltd.

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What is it?..and why does it affect our treatment approach?

This strange looking object is just one part of the Daimler that represents the balance of pure conservation and minor restoration that will be characteristic of the work we are doing. In many discussions with visitors and on our blog … Continue reading

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Visiting the Royal Daimler

There were some very beautiful Daimlers parked at Mitchell recently when members of the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Car Club of Australia, DLOCCA, were in Canberra to visit the National Museum’s grand dame, the Royal Daimler. See more pictures below.

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Spinning with the Royal Daimler

A Virtual Concourse D’elegance for the Museum’s Royal Daimler This Sunday, 20 October, the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler will make a virtual appearance at the Centenary of Canberra Car Rally on the lawns of Old Parliament House. The … Continue reading

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Chassis work

The Daimler chassis that has been a major presence in the Large Technology lab over the past few months has been moved to another Museum site for painting now that it has been repaired. The painting will be done on … Continue reading

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Project team visit the MG Club of Canberra

On 8 August, Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation, and I were invited by the MG Car Club of Canberra to give a presentation on the Museum’s conservation work and the Royal Daimler Project. We were warmly welcomed by club President … Continue reading

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Paint and Project Planning

After the excitement of the RACA dinner we are now back into practicalities. Vicki Humphrey is working with the National Museum’s three conservation labs to coordinate the work on the different components of the vehicle. While the bulk of the … Continue reading

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