Object conservation

Queensland Museum employs professional conservators to look after its collections. Our first conservator, then called materials scientist, was appointed in 1980.

Our conservators manage the care and preservation of the collections. They work on exhibitions and loans and undertake treatments on the collection.

Our conservators choose methods of ‘minimal intervention’. They focus on stabilisation and retaining original material. The materials they use have good ageing characteristics and, where possible, all treatments are reversible. The condition of each object is documented through written reports and photographs, both before and after treatment, so that they have good records for future caretakers.

There are three conservators at the museum. A Senior Conservator and Conservator are based at the Queensland Museum South Bank in Brisbane and a Conservator/Collection Manager is based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

Queensland Museum's Find out about... is proudly supported by the Thyne Reid Foundation and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.