Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

Each talk begins at 5:00pm in the building at the rear of the Junior Medical Officer’s House at Port Arthur Historic Site. Light refreshments provided.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.

Wednesday November 20

Event Details

Woodgraining was popular up until the 19th century but declined through the 20th century, particularly in Tasmania. This talk will focus on its popularity and decline and will include the tools, materials and processes for woodgraining, its detection in old buildings and ways to repair and replicate it.

The presentation will also cover the use of paint and colour in historic buildings, why they are so different from modern paints and colours, and why they are essential to the preservation of old buildings.

Michael Bremer-Trainor trained as a Gilder in London in 1987-89 and has been involved in restoration works of historic buildings, including Windsor Castle, Spencer House, The Palace of Westminster and the Frauenkirche in Dresden. He currently acts as a consultant with work ranging from colour consulting, gilding, woodgraining, marbling, and trompe l’oeil, to signwriting and French polishing.