Australia's movable heritage is dispersed amongst communities throughout our country in what is known as the Distributed National Collection. As part of the National Conservation Strategy, and as a partner organisation of the National Standards Taskforce, the Western Australian Museum extends services to organisations which care for elements of the Distributed National Collection.

The Museum seeks to inspire people to explore and share their identity, culture and sense of place, while contributing to the diversity and creativity of our world.

Throughout the State exists small museums, historical societies and private collectors who are integral public resources and are invaluable in achieving this.

This website has been created to help these organisations and collectors maintain their collections.


With the support of federal funding, a series of 12 instructional videos have been created to provide an online resource to help deliver State-wide assistance.

Each video is accompanied with a complete transcript, that can be easily downloaded and printed for offline convenience.

The videos were created in collaboration with Western Australian production company Siamese.

Conservation and Care of Collections - Book

Conservation and Care of Collections: A Practical Guide to the Conservation and Care of Collections was published by the Western Australian Museum in 1998. Compiled by David Gilroy and Ian Godfrey, it became widely popular as a user-friendly text that provided a holistic approach to the care and conservation of object collections.

The original version was designed for small museums, historical societies, and private collectors and was not intended to be the definitive conservation manual. The publication did not attempt to comment on or categorise heritage sites or buildings.

With the creation of this new online resource, Ian Godfrey has produced an updated version of Conservation and Care of Collections, which has been digitised and made available through this website. The book’s content is available for download.