Treating Rose Grainger’s gown

This photograph shows X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) being undertaken on an item from the Grainger Museum collection during conservation treatment. This process enables testing for possible traces of arsenic and mercury, as well as other metals that may have been used in their making. The item in treatment, a black satin and ermine evening gown once belonging to Rose Grainger, is now on display as part of the Grainger Museum’s current exhibition, Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger. University of Melbourne student conservator Rachel Jones undertook treatment work on this fascinating object as part of a major treatment project in collaboration with the Grainger Museum. You can read about Rachel's project on the Grimwade Centre blog.

XRF testing of taxidermy heads on the evening gown collar from the Grainger Museum collection

Image: XRF testing of taxidermy heads on the evening gown collar from the Grainger Museum collection