Conservation

Susannah Place - No 58-64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks

Lead at Susannah Place

The original paintwork has been retained at Susannah Place as the many layers tell the story of the use, decoration and age of the four houses

Rose Seidler (left) and Bea Evans seated in the living room, Rose Seidler House

Conserving Harry Seidler’s sofa 

A sofa Harry Seidler designed for Rose Seidler House was conserved and reupholstered, and the process revealed some unexpected findings

ABTS - Unboxing a glass plate negative

Archives behind the scenes - unboxing a glass plate negative

In this episode we visit the Conservation Lab where Elizabeth shows us how to unbox glass plate negatives - very gently!

Photo of the Wentworth mausoleum with tabled light coming through the trees

Wentworth Mausoleum perimeter fence conservation

MHNSW is undertaking the first comprehensive conservation works to the fence surrounding the 1870s resting place of William Charles Wentworth

Drawing room, Vaucluse House

How to manage mould in our homes

Warm wet weather encourages not only plant growth in our gardens but also mould growth in our homes. Thankfully we have the solution!

Sandstone headstone lying horizontal against dark background

Historic houses in 3D

A project to capture 3D scans of MHNSW properties will greatly assist conservation work and create exciting new interpretation opportunities far into the future

A women holds a large book open while she threads the pages together.

Conserving the archive

Supervising conservator Dominique Moussou talks through her work and some of the projects underway in the MHNSW conservation lab

Ramshackle wooden building with tin roof and wire enclosed coop at one end.

A herculean task: clearing the woolshed

The first stage of a major conservation project at Rouse Hill Estate involved removing thousands of objects accumulated over 150 years of the property’s occupation. 

Kitchen, 60 Gloucester Street, Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place conservation project

A behind-the-scenes look at some of the complex work that goes into conserving and preserving the fascinating Susannah Place Museum