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federal court of Australia tapestries


ICS was commissioned by the Federal Law Court of Australia to treat two large tapestries hanging in the Federal Law Courts in Sydney. One depicts 'The Trial' by Sidney Nolan, whilst the other is a depiction of the Australian Coat of Arms made by tapestry weaver Margaret Grafton. Both tapestries had accumulated a considerable layer of dust and dirt as a result of being on extended display. The tapestries were both cleaned: 'The Trial' was brush-vacuumed only due to the sensitive nature of the dyes, however the Coat of Arms was able to be brush-vacuumed and washed.      


  • Brush vacuum
  • Aqueous wash
  • Re-lining
  • Provide advice for re-hanging
  • Re-hanging of tapestries in situ


Federal Law Court of Australia


Textiles Conservation


Read about the work we did on 'The Trial' in our Sustaining your Heritage blog.





Coat of Arms tapestry in situ

Coat of Arms tapestry before treatment

The Trial tapestry before treatment

'The Trial' before treatment

Preparing to remove the tapestry from display

Preparing the tapestry for de-installation

The Trial tapestry after treatment

'The Trial' after treatment