Category Archives: Conservation

We began by looking at the inlet manifold

Nicki Smith spent Saturday 24th November working on the Daimler with Ian Stewart, in the Museum Workshop exhibition. Nicki is really enthusiastic about the work, reporting:  “I’ve just spent a great day working with Ian Stewart on the Daimler. We … Continue reading

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The lift

Please see below, pictures taken by George Serras the Museum’s photographer of the body of the Royal Daimler being lifted off the chassis during Museum Workshop exhibition on Sunday 18th November 2012, during the Conservation Partner Tour. You can become … Continue reading

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Conservation Partner Tour a success

We are so pleased to announce a very successful Royal Daimler Conservation Partner Tour of Museum Workshop exhibition featuring the body of the Royal Daimler being lifted from the chassis.

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Museum Workshop exhibition opens

We are excited to announce Museum Workshop has opened to over 2000 visitors in the first weekend. The following are pictures of our Royal Daimler arriving and being pushed into position in the exhibition space.

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Discoveries from the trial lift

We had a successful trial lift of the body off the chassis of the Daimler. All so well planned and well executed that it looked easy. Thanks team! But an enormous amount of preparation was involved. When the Daimler was … Continue reading

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Museum Workshop exhibition opening soon

Time flies when you’re really busy. The Museum’s conservators are working hard at our Mitchell location preparing the Royal Daimler for the Museum Workshop exhibition that opens on 25 October 2012. Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the … Continue reading

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After days of work, the chassis number is revealed

A long hard day for our team in Mitchell led to some exciting news when the chassis number was revealed. The process involved location and lubrication of the fastening bolts before removal. The bolts at the rear of the guard were hidden underneath … Continue reading

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First wash in a long, long time…

On a warm sunny autumn day in Canberra outside the National Museum of Australia’s storage repository in Mitchell, the conservation team gave the Daimler a high pressure hot wash to remove heavy accretions of dirt and road debris from the undercarriage. Prior to the wash,  ‘truck … Continue reading

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Some pleasant, and not so pleasant surprises!

As part of our conservation treatment, we have begun work on the body of the Daimler to remove internal carpets, floor panels and seats. In the pictures below, you can see that we have had some interesting finds.

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Treatment of spare pistons

As a project for conservation students from the University of Canberra we cleaned and prepared the eight spare pistons and rods for storage till later in the project. The next five photos show the condition of the assembly prior to … Continue reading

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