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Royal Daimler at the Car Rally

The Centenary of Canberra Car Rally was a great outing for the Museum’s Royal Daimler Project. On Sunday 20 October Chris, Laster, Kathi and I were on the lawns of Old Parliament House with the virtual Royal Daimler, our mascot … 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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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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What does our Conservation team think: conservation not restoration

Below you can see four additional petrol caps are used to illustrate the type of effect you would get from each treatment.

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Here is a challenge for you: Conservation not restoration

When conservators are treating objects, including large technology objects, they aim to preserve as much of the original as possible. This is different from the approach of restoration, which might replace original materials, for instance paint surfaces, and would aim … Continue reading

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Royal Daimler returns to Mitchell

Our large technology conservation team, led by Ainslie Greiner, is delighted with the positive visitor response to the Museum Workshop: the art, science and craft of the conservator exhibition.

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Last days in Museum Workshop

Since the body was lifted off the chassis on 18th November, the conservators have been busy. The engine and transmission have been removed and the engine dismantled. Conservators knew there was a problem with the crankshaft, but  have been delighted to find … Continue reading

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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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