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Overview of heritage projects

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Nissen huts at Belmont, Government Printing Office, 1957.

Unloved modern

A meticulously executed conservation and revitalisation project reveals the potential of the much-maligned Nissen hut

Conservation in action

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Wentworth Mausoleum perimeter fence
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Renewed splendour for the Wentworth Mausoleum

The conservation works to the perimeter fence of the historic Wentworth Mausoleum have been successfully completed

Meroogal exterior painting complete
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Meroogal's exterior: A labour of love

After eight weeks of expert knowledge and care, painting works to the exterior of Meroogal have now been completed

South elevation, Elizabeth Bay House
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Conservation in action: Elizabeth Bay House external joinery work

Museums of History NSW is undertaking external joinery conservation works to the front facade thanks to the funds generously donated by our supporters during the 2022 Annual Appeal

Our 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

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Heritage stories

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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

Elizabeth Farm house - front verandah and carriageway

'A most excellent brick house' Elizabeth Farm

Curator Dr Scott Hill explores some of the enduring mysteries buried in the architecture of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead

Internal view of the timber shed at Rouse Hill Estate

A strong and simple structure: conserving the woolshed

The second phase of a major conservation project on the woolshed at Rouse Hill Estate has seen the rustic 160-year-old structure strengthened and stabilised

Looking through vine covered trellis to bathhouse surrounded by garden.

What lies beneath: conservation works

Two conservation projects demonstrate the complex factors to consider when working with heritage buildings

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

Collections connections

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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

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


Conservation tip: rehousing glass plate negatives

As with many conservation techniques the expertise and dexterity of the practitioner is paramount to the success of the treatment

Original glass plate negatives from the NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive arranged on a lightbox.

2023 Annual Appeal: Preserving our Past

Funds raised will assist us to continue our work to digitise the significant collections in our care.

Members photoshoot at Rouse Hill Estate

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