Category Archives: Conservation
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
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
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
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
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.
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
After 48 hours in a plastic tent the Daimler looks quite unreal.
Arrivals are also exciting as you get to show others in the organisation what all the fuss has been about. As the doors go up on the trailer the beast emerges.
Object pick ups are always a bit exciting and a bit sad. Someone is always losing a piece of history to the national collection – and the nation is gaining a story. The 15th of November 2009 was no different. … Continue reading