by Catrina Vignando on 19 June, 2014
The Royal Daimler chassis is all chromed up and on display for a limited time in the main hall at the National Museum in Canberra.
With as much fanfare as we could muster, we made a short video of the chassis being set up for display by our registration team. Continue reading
by Kathi Zarka on 10 June, 2014
Conserved Chassis in the Hall
The chassis of this grand old car is now on display in the Museum’s Main Hall until 27 July 2014. Don’t miss this last opportunity to see the ‘craftsmanship behind the car’ before it goes back to the workshop for final conservation treatment. Continue reading
by Catrina Vignando on 6 March, 2014
RACA members at the NMA
The dust covers came off, the conservation team were on hand and the engines came to life at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
It was one of those rare moments when the spark of history is tangible. Where the smell of old engines conjures bygone stories and brings history racing in to the present. This was the rare experience witnessed by the members of the Royal Automobile Club Car Motoring Enthusiasts Group who came to Hear History Hum at the National Museum. Continue reading
by Catrina Vignando on 4 November, 2013
Chris, Laster and Kathi at the NMA Stand
The Centenary of Canberra Car Rally was a great outing for the Museum’s Royal Daimler Project. On Sunday 20 October Chris, Laster, Kathi and I were on the lawns of Old Parliament House with the virtual Royal Daimler, our mascot – the waiving Queen, and lots of National Museum enthusiasm, balloons and lollipops.
The Centenary of Canberra Car Rally on 19 – 20 October was organised by the National Trust . Participants in the rally travelled from Jervis Bay to Canberra on Saturday. On Sunday, they paraded their cars on the lawns of Old Parliament House. There were many stunning cars on display. A few photos are included in this post. Continue reading
by Catrina Vignando on 29 October, 2013
Daimler car club in Canberra
There were some very beautiful Daimlers parked at Mitchell recently when members of the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Car Club of Australia, DLOCCA, were in Canberra to visit the National Museum’s grand dame, the Royal Daimler. See more pictures below. Continue reading
by Monica Lindemann on 12 August, 2013
Monica Lindemann, Peter Dechaineux, Vick Humphrey
On 8 August, Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation, and I were invited by the MG Car Club of Canberra to give a presentation on the Museum’s conservation work and the Royal Daimler Project.
We were warmly welcomed by club President Peter Dechaineux and approximately 30 members. Vicki kicked off the evening by demonstrating her motoring bone fides with wonderful photos of herself and the various historic cars in her life, including an SS100, a Riley Imp and a 1934 Singer Le Mans. Not a bad line up for a paper conservator! Continue reading
by Monica Lindemann on 19 April, 2013
Below you can see four additional petrol caps are used to illustrate the type of effect you would get from each treatment. Continue reading
by Heidi Bock on 23 August, 2012
Time flies when you’re really busy. The Museum’s conservators are working hard at our Mitchell location preparing the Royal Daimler for the Museum Workshop exhibition that opens on 25 October 2012.
Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator will be a dynamic exhibition where visitors can meet our conservators and experience the work behind the scenes as they observe, discuss and participate in the process of museum conservation.