Necessity to preserve museum objects was present since the first days of the new permanent display in 1937. There were two workshops then: carpenter and armorer workshop. These were the beginnings of preserving activities which, disregarding the effort, were not like the ones in professional conservation workshops.
In 1960, with moving of the Museum into new building, two workshops-laboratories for metal and textile were established with most modern machines and tools. Necessity for this important museum activity and understanding of museum management, according to the material resources, gave conservationists from Military Museum opportunities to attend advanced studies in world known centres for conservation and restoration. With transferring of their knowledge and also participating, experts of the Military Museum have contributed to preserving of “museum treasure” all around ex Yugoslavia. Unfortunately conditions during the 90`s were not the one that could brought prosperity in any field, and particularly in Culture and Museology.
Today in Military Museum there are two conservation workshops; for textile and metal, the materials of which most of the objects were made: textile – clothes, uniforms, flags and banners; metal – weapons and equipment. This is the fact that puts us among the small number of museums in country that have the possibilities of continuous work of preserving museum objects. In these two workshops we have one graduate conservationist-restorer for textile and two conservation-technicians.
Nadežda Samardžić, dipl. conservationist-restorer for textile
Mile Aleksić, conservation-technician
Goran Vujinović, conservation-technician