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Natural Sciences

O’Sullivan Conservation specialises in the preservation of cultural heritage objects and artwork crafted from natural materials like bone, shell, mother-of-pearl, and plant fibres. These organic materials can be fragile, making their conservation a distinct challenge. Our dedicated team has extensive experience in working with these delicate materials, employing a minimal conservation approach to ensure their longevity. 

We have a thorough understanding of a range of natural materials and the unique challenges they pose, including their susceptibility to environmental factors like humidity, light, and pests. We understand the care required to mitigate deterioration, damage, and degradation, from undertaking thorough condition assessments, to implementing meticulous cleaning and restoration treatments, to providing recommendations for storage and display. 

Watch our Director and Principal Conservator, Eoin O Suilleabhain, treating an ancient Irish Elk skeleton at Australian Museum in preparation for the exhibition ‘200 Treasures of the Australian Museum’ in the Westpac Long Gallery.

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O’Sullivan Conservation acknowledges that we operate and function on the lands of the Darkinjung people.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

We are proud partners of Reconciliation NSW and support reconciliation in our community.