Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation

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Arts & Culture

Ancestral ties to the Kabayan ‘fire’ mummies is driving research to save them

An unexpected family link to the Philippines’ Kabayan mummies inspired research into environmental changes in the mountain caves that house them

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Arts & Culture

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Under the Microscope

Conserving the world’s oldest processional dragon

For the last year, Grimwade Conservation Services has been conserving Loong 龍, the oldest intact Imperial processional dragon in the world

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Arts & Culture

Miniature Qur’ans and travelling manuscripts

Didar: Stories of Middle Eastern Manuscripts is a new exhibition from the Grimwade Centre bringing together themes of making and cultural knowledge

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Sciences & Technology

Laos jars are slowly revealing their secrets

New dating techniques find that Laos’ stone jars may be at least 3,000 years old, but the sites remained significant for rituals until just 700 years ago

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Arts & Culture

Conserving Australia’s cultural record

Our cultural record is the history of Australia’s identity, and, unless care is taken to conserve it with a clear cultural understanding, its context could be lost

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Arts & Culture

Faithfully conserving a Rembrandt

The Three Crosses is Rembrandt’s powerful depiction of Christ’s crucifixion – but how do you stabilise a 350-year-old print for exhibition while preserving the qualities which make it distinct?

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Arts & Culture

Bringing a fire damaged book back from the brink

A new approach to restoring parchment has saved a WW1 Book of Remembrance commemorating local fallen soldiers that was badly damaged by fire and water

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Arts & Culture

Restoring one of the world’s rarest maps

Over 350 years ago, Dutch traders produced the first large-scale map of Australia, now painstakingly restored

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Arts & Culture

Peeling back history to reveal Melbourne’s faces from the past

Victoria’s Trades Hall has been standing for more than 100 years. Now a team of conservators is discovering the rich history under layers of paint ahead of a large-scale heritage redevelopment project supported by the state government.

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Arts & Culture

Rebuilding cultural heritage after disaster

After an earthquake devastated the Philippines, conservators went beyond conventional cultural conservation practices and involved the local community in the restoration of their churches

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