In this lecture Professor Sloggett explores the valuable contribution that cultural materials conservation makes to the continual quest to understand our place in the world. She examines how conservation studies expand our understanding of Australia's diverse epistemological traditions and their significance in contemporary Australian life and expand opportunities for economic innovation, referencing Australia's rich, ancient and continuous Indigenous knowledge, the disciplinary genealogy of the Western history of ideas, and our place in the Asia-Pacific region.
Her lecture concludes by addressing the question: Without a national strategy for the preservation of its cultural and scientific record is Australia risking identity amnesia?
Professor Robyn Sloggett AM is Director of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include attribution and authentication of cultural material, materials conservation in the Asia-Pacific, collection development and history, studies in materials and techniques, and the preservation of cultural material held in regional and remote communities.
She has received a number of awards for her work including the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal in May 2016, Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2015, International Council of Museums Australia Award for International Relations in 2013, AICCM Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation in 2012, and AICCM Conservator of the Year Award for Services to the Conservation Profession in 2004.