Ramshackle wooden building with tin roof and wire enclosed coop at one end.

A herculean task: clearing the woolshed

The first stage of a major conservation project at Rouse Hill Estate involved removing thousands of objects accumulated over 150 years of the property’s occupation


A lighter shade of drab

In this video, as specialist painter Adam John Christian Seur goes about his work, curator Gary Crockett explains the origin of drab

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

Absconding with the silver

Why we recreated the butler's pantry at Vaucluse House along with a fascinating tale of 'light fingered' servants

Watercolour illustration of an urban setting

After the first Government House

Remarkably, the site of the first Government House remained largely undeveloped for more than 140 years before the Museum of Sydney was built, despite numerous schemes for this valuable piece of CBD land

Crenellated facade of house with turrets above and colourful garden bed in foreground.

Conservation in action: the Vaucluse House turrets

The conservation of the 1830s stone turrets on the west side of Vaucluse House is an impressive example of the continuing use of traditional craftsmanship and local materials

Close up of a chandelier

Conserving the chandeliers of Government House

A short film about the chandeliers at Government House shot during conservation works in 2013

Two people painting wooden verandah posts with street in background.

Finishing the interiors at Justice & Police Museum

As part of our ongoing program of maintenance, we were delighted to renew the interior finishes at the Justice & Police Museum

White scaffolding on the southern verandah of the Rum Hospital building at The Mint.


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