Conservation Lab Tour | Behind the Scenes
Museum Members event
Past Event: 28 July 2015 to 30 July 2015
Source: Museum Victoria
Want to see what’s behind locked doors at Museum Victoria?
Museum Victoria’s conservators have the enormous task of preserving over 16 million objects and specimens. They analyse the significance of the objects' cultural and scientific context as well as their social, historical, and aesthetic value. They also work to preserve and slow the process of deterioration, ensuring objects are kept for generations to come.
This behind the scenes tour takes you to the Museum Victoria laboratory where objects are assessed and preserved for collection and exhibition. Meet the conservators to hear first-hand how this work is done.
Conservator Helen Privett says “we treat everything from the tiniest bugs to the biggest horse-drawn carriages, and whale skeletons all the way through to medals and coins. So there’s always diversity and it’s always interesting.”