Weapons of Mass Desire was an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore that dealt with the impact of World War II on design and consumption in the immediate postwar years, as well as influences in fashion and living up to the present time.
Among the artefacts displayed was an army helmet which was in a very distressed condition. It appeared to have gone through much trial and tribulation in its lifetime as a working object, but what that meant was that our conservators would have just as challenging a time trying to give it a new lease on life as an exhibited artefact!
Heritage Conservation Centre's Assistant Conservator (Textiles) Michelle Oh worked on preparing this artefact for display. She shares with us what went into treating the helmet in this paper.
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