The Conservation Unit looks after the MAAS collection in storage and while it is on display. Our role is to protect against dust, moisture, high light levels, as well as insect and rodent pests. In addition we work with our colleagues to control the temperature and relative humidity in collection stores and exhibition galleries to help prevent deterioration of the objects

The Conservation team documents the condition of collection objects by recording information in our collection database and taking detailed photographs. We also undertake remedial conservation work as necessary to stabilise and conserve the collection. As part of this process we record information about how objects were made, used and cared for in the past as this helps inform the care required in the future.

We also contribute to many regional and community programs including: internships, work experience, staff exchanges, loans, traveling exhibitions, site visits, steam rallies and community-based workshops.

If you are looking for information about conservation of heritage objects there is information on our Conservation Resources page.