Community and conservation policy

Cultural materials are intrinsic to the identity of communities. Our research focusses on the interconnections between cultural policy, conservation and social capital and community identity, particularly in Indigenous and remote communities. These are important questions for the Grimwade Centre to train future practitioners with a strong philosophical grounding and skills base.


Professor Robyn Sloggett, Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Dr Marcelle Scott

Research supervisions

2016 - Nur Shkembi, ‘Destiny Disrupted: Reclaiming the contemporary Muslim narrative through the development of the contemporary manuscript’, PhD, Prof Robyn Sloggett & Dr Nicole Tse.

2015 - Susie Collis, ‘Revisiting conservation treatment methodologies for waterlogged archaeological wood: an Australian context’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Prof Robyn Sloggett & Dr Ian MacLeod.

2014 - Dianne Mossenson, 'The History of Indigenart and the Development of the Aboriginal Art Market', PhD, Prof. Robyn Sloggett &Prof. Su Baker.

2014 - Samantha Hamilton ‘Best practice in conservation programs for remote Aboriginal communities’, PhD, Prof. Robyn Sloggett, Prof. Marcia Langton & Dr. Jacky Healy.

2011 - Gina Livenspeil ‘Architecture, materiality and the Burra Charter’, PhD, Prof. Robyn Sloggett & Dr Petronella Nel.

2009 - Sophie Lewincamp ‘Contact zones: a new model for conservation community-engagement’, Prof. Robyn Sloggett & Dr Nicole Tse.

Research projects

2013-2016 - ARC Linkage Project ‘Comedy – no laughing matter: identifying and preserving the history of comedy in Melbourne from the 1960s to the 1980s’ Prof. Joy Damousi, Prof. Robyn Sloggett, Ms Judy Morton, Ms Janine Barrand, Dr Susan L. Bye.

2013 - ‘Harvesting Traditional Knowledge - Two Way Materials Science Exchange Project’, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Tertiary Education, Prof. Robyn Sloggett with ANKAAA, Buku Larrnggay Mulka & Mowanjum Artists.

2011 - ‘Conservation treatment of flood-damaged artworks from the Warmun Community Art Collection, Kimberley, Western Australia’, John T Reid Charitable Trust.

2012-2015 - ARC Discovery Indigenous ‘Local Aboriginal community archives: Information technology & the NBN in disaster preparedness and recovery’, Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Prof. Marcia Langton, Prof. Robyn Sloggett.

2013 - ‘Preserving the earliest Aboriginal Church Art in Wadeye’, Gordon Darling Foundation.

2013 - ‘Warmun Community Art Collection Emergency Conservation, Gordon Darling Foundation.

2012-2015 - ARC Linkage Project ‘Understanding and preserving Aboriginal Catholic church art in northern Australia’, IPs Thamarrurr Inc., Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Co., Prof. Marcia Langton, Prof. Robyn Sloggett & Dr Jacky Healy.

2010 - ‘Laugh out loud: preserving the memory of women in Melbourne’, Victorian Women’s Trust.

2008-2010 - ARC Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development ‘Digitisation and Indigenous Communities: A study of the development of online collections. The interface between international institutions and Australia’s Indigenous communities’, Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Prof. Marcia Langton, Prof. Robyn Sloggett.

2013 - ‘Cultural Conservation Channel’, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Prof. Robyn Sloggett, Robert Lane, Daniel Browning, Lyndon Ormond Parker, Vanessa Kowalski.

2003-2004 - ARC Research Network Grant ‘Indigenous Collections and Knowledge Archives Research Network’, Dr. Ian McMahon. Prof. Robyn Sloggett and collaborating partners.

2003-2004 - ARC Research Network Grant ‘Contemporary Australian Identity, Memory and Heritage’, Prof. William Stuart Logan, Prof. Robyn Sloggett and collaborating partners.

2002 - ‘Emergency Management Australia Establishing a Fire Disaster Preparedness Framework for Significant Private Collections in Regional Victoria’, Prof. Robyn Sloggett & Dr Marcelle Scott.