Manawatu Museum Services Project Portfolio

Wanganui Krupp Gun

Wanganui's Krupp Gun Restoration Project


Develop Conservation Plan, establish conservation team, project management and conservation oversight, documentation. 2006 to 2009.Wanganui Krupp Gun

Bourail War Cemetery, New Caledonia

Bourail Memorial

A project in association with Francois Leurquin, conservator. War cemetery with memorial, managed by the War Graves Commission / Ministry of Culture & Heritage. Preparation of Conservation Management Plan and implementation of works on site in Bourail, project management. 2012 – 2013.

Maori War Memorial, Wanganui

Maori War Memorial Conservation 1

Develop Conservation Plan in association with Ruamoko Solutions in 2009. Implementation of conservation works in association with Mark Whyte / Goldfield Stone of Lyttleton and OPUS Wanganui. Conservation oversight and documentation, project currently underway in 2013.

Maori War Memorial Conservation 2

MAVtech – Audio Visual Museum Foxton

MAVtech 5

Redevelopment of part of the Coronation Hall in Foxton to establish a modern museum collection storage facility, incorporating seismic strengthening. Prepare Feasibility Study in 2007, fundraising of over $ 500,000.- and implementation of building works from 2010 – 2012.

Manawatu Museum Services Ltd prepared the Feasibility Study and successfully carried out fundraising, Project Management, budget control, client liaison. Project completed successfully within budget.

MAVtech 9

Pouwhenua Conservation Plan, Palmerston North

Conservation Plan prepared for Palmerston North City Council in 2010. Five large pouwhenua in The Square, carved by John Bevan Forde in 1990. Background research for the report carried out by students from the Massey Museum Studies Programme.

Replica Frame for Auckland City Art Gallery

Burne Jones Frame 1

Manufacture of a replica frame for the Edward Burne Jones work “Car of Love” belonging to Auckland City Art Gallery using an existing slightly smaller frame for the Burne Jones work “Fortitude” as a pattern.

The “
Fortitude” frame required extensive conservation work, and the new “Car of Love” frame was made simultaneously, enabling detailed replication of features. The new frame was finished with 23 carat gold leaf in the traditional water gilding technique and then toned down to replicate the aged look of the “Fortitude” frame.

Additionally, a custom sealed glazing unit was designed by Manawatu Museum Services Ltd and incorporated into the replica frame to protect the fragile artwork. A high grade insulated custom transport and storage crate was designed and manufactured for the frame and artwork.

Much of this work was carried out in association with Palmerston North company
Exhibition Engineering. (2010)

Burne Jones Frame 4

Furniture Conservation: Medici Furniture of the Sarjeant Art Gallery Collection

Medici Furniture 2

Two items of furniture known as “The Medici Furniture” belonging to the core collection of the Sarjeant Art Gallery in Wanganui were comprehensively restored in the studios of Manawatu Museum Services in 2010 - 2012.

Medici Furniture Sarjeant Art Gallery

Internships and Work Exchange Programmes

Manawatu Museum Services Ltd has for many years hosted interns from European Universities studying Conservation of Cultural Materials.

Conservation professionals from overseas and New Zealand also have the opportunity to work on short term contracts to enhance their work experience.

Please enquire for vacancies!



Aaron Roberts, skilled wooden boat builder and restorer on the team of Manawatu Museum Services Ltd beginning preparation of the Army 8 for conservation.


The project is an 18 month one to bring the 1919 Peace Regatta Army 8 Rowing Skiff back to its original glory, as one of the fastest rowing 8 skiffs of its time.

Rowed by recuperating NZ soldiers at the end of WW1, it has been identified as a key WW100 project.

Our work includes:

We have taken the non original vinyl bow cover off and this will be replaced with canvas as per original specs towards the completion of that section of the boat.

Removal of the vinyl also allows access to the hull underneath.

Work right now is preliminary surface cleaning, assessment of details for restoration, allocating separated bits to their original location, developing concepts for what is to be restored and what is to be conserved with old damage and what to replicate in missing parts.

Next we will prepare the first drawings for the documentation and map out the damage, then take all metal fittings off and label these so that they can go back to their original position.

Removal of the metal fittings is essential to treat corrosion and conserve the underlying timbers.

We will also have to replace some of the metal fittings as we proceed.