The story unfolds

Conservators have been busily preparing for the separation of the body of the Royal Daimler from the chassis. This lift will take place in the Museum Workshop exhibition, commencing  11:50 am on Sunday 18th November, here at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Standing ready for "the lift"

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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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Thank you

(c) National Archives of Australia A1773 RV660

A big thank you to all the supporters of the Royal Daimler Project for their generous donations. Our overall fundraising is now at $7,380.  

In order for the project to stay on track for the 2014 deadline, we hope to reach $20,000 by the end of 2012. 

Become a Royal Daimler Conservation Partner by donating $100 or more and receive exclusive updates and invitations. 


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Visiting the Museum Library

Sometimes I feel a little spoilt working at the Museum with so much interesting information right at my fingertips. In my bid to find out more about the Royal Tour, I visited the Museum Library. This is an incredible resource, and after a quick search, six commemorative books from 1954 landed in front of me.

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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 built, the coach work was basically added onto the chassis and then the upholstery and the special fittings – fit for a Royal – were put in place.

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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 Conservator will be a dynamic exhibition where visitors can meet our conservators and experience the work behind the scenes as they observe, discuss and participate in the process of museum conservation.

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Sharing the memories

I recieved a letter and photograph from Barbara Salter of Somerville, Victoria who shared a fascinating story about the young Queen Elizabeth on her first tour to Australia in 1954.

Provided by Barbara Salter, Photo by Michael Maros

I lived in Adelaide (my home city) at the time and saw many of the cars come in to a garage attached to my boss’ office.

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The Governor’s splendid acquisition

 In researching our Daimler’s lengthy past, I was not the least bit surprised to discover that the car’s ceremonial duties did not cease with the completion of Queen Elizabeth’s royal tour in 1954. After all, in the aftermath of the royal visit, what else could be done with such a cumbersome and imposing motor car?   

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Our visit to the Canberra Antique & Classic Motor Club

David Hallam and I dropped in to the Canberra Antique & Classic Motor Club to present on the conservation of moving collections and provide an update on our progress with the Royal Daimler Project.

A hot topic of discussion was An EIS Method for assessing thin oil films used in Museums. David has previously published a paper on this topic and is available on the Museum website here 

Thank you to the CACMC and their members for having us and for laughing at my terrible jokes.  

From Left: David Hallam, Heidi Bock & CACMC President David Wyatt

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Thank you

The Royal Daimler Project is an expensive exercise with a $300,000 expected cost. In order to meet the 2014 deadline the National Museum of Australia needs to raise $60,000 towards the conservation of the vehicle.

A big thank you to the members of Friends for their generous donations totalling over $1,000 to the Royal Daimler Project.  This contribution has increased our overal fundraising to $5,540.

In order for the project to stay on track for the 2014 deadline, we hope to reach $20,000 by the end of the year.

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