Category Archives: Conservation

The Daimler Rolling Chassis

The Royal Daimler chassis is all chromed up and on display for a limited time in the main hall at the National Museum in Canberra. With as much fanfare as we could muster, we made a short video of the … Continue reading

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The Royal Daimler stripped back

The chassis of this grand old car is now on display in the Museum’s Main Hall until 27 July 2014. Don’t miss this last opportunity to see the ‘craftsmanship behind the car’ before it goes back to the workshop for … Continue reading

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A little bit of bling and some very fine work!

The excitement is building as we prepare the Daimler chassis for a public viewing for the Queen’s birthday weekend. And the Daimler is getting its bling on! We decided to keep as much of the original chrome work as possible … Continue reading

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Crankshaft – the story so far

On the 7-8th April, Ainslie Greiner and Ian Stewart travelled to Melbourne to visit Crankshaft Rebuilders. They took the original block from the Royal Daimler with them. The idea was to get the block line-bored and the new crankshaft test … Continue reading

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Filming the Royal Daimler

The Museum’s Royal Daimler is the subject of a new feature film called When the Queen Came to Town that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Royal visit. The film looks at the legacy and the impact of this … Continue reading

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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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