Beyond a book’s cover

Lucilla Ronai is the Paper Conservator at the Museum. She ensures the many books in the collection are physically and chemically stable. A Paper Conservator also considers the condition of collection items, methods of display during exhibition and loan as well as their safe storage when not in use. Image: Kate Pentecost/ANMM.

Lucilla Ronai is the Paper Conservator at the Museum. She ensures the many books in the collection are physically and chemically stable. A Paper Conservator also considers the condition of collection items, methods of display during exhibition and loan as well as their safe storage when not in use. Image: Kate Pentecost/ANMM.

A booklovers guide to bookbinding and conservation

You might be surprised to discover that over 50% of the Museum’s collection is paper, photographic material and bound items – also known simply as ‘books’. Where else would those swashbuckling adventurers record their travels than in their trusty but often weathered journals?

Our collection includes over 2,000 bound volumes. This ranges from printed books (such as dictionaries), manuscripts (such as logbooks, journals, diaries and sketchbooks), atlases and magazines. The earliest book is an account of the first journey of the Dutch to the East Indes and dates from 1617. The most recently printed book is the Year Book of HMAS Toowoomba, from 2009.

What are the main differences between these books you ask? The materials and techniques used to string words, images, paper and covers together to create the functional item you know and handle as a book. Continue reading

DIY greeting cards

So the festive season is here, and it’s time to tick off all of those last minute tasks. Presents, tick! Wrapping paper, tick! Cards, oh hang on, you forgot?

Never mind, we have gotten into the festive spirit and created two DIY greeting cards for you to download and use. Just click on the image thumbnails below to download the cards. Save them to your computer and print off on A4 paper. Then fold them into ready-to-go greeting cards.

Enjoy.

Image of greeting card template

Download the DIY lighthouse greeting card. Jpeg (262 KB)

Image of greeting card template

Download the DIY pirate greeting card. Jpeg (267 KB)