The Museum's laboratory
The objects found during underwater archaeological expeditions and handed over to the Museum are cleaned up and treated for conservation in the Museum's laboratory. They include mainly items recovered from local wrecks and those discovered in the wrecks of the two vessels of the La Pérouse expedition (Vanikoro Island, Solomon Islands).
The Museum has over 8000 objects or fragments, many of which have lain on the seabed for a century or two. Made of wood, leather, textiles, bone, ivory, glass, metal or ceramics, they are extremely fragile and require careful professional handling. Their preservation relies on sophisticated modern techniques.