Libby has a Bachelor of Applied Science - Conservation of Cultural Materials from the University of Canberra specialising in paper conservation and has completed an internship in paper conservation with The University Of Melbourne Art Conservation Service.

She is responsible for conservation treatment of all types of work on paper and has a special interest in parchment and transparent papers. Libby has been working with the GCCMC since 2002. She has previously worked at the National Archives of Australia in both Canberra and Melbourne, and has completed short-term placements at Museum Victoria. In 2004, Libby completed a seven-month Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development project on the Island of Bohol in the Philippines looking at Spanish colonial church archives.


Professional member, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)


  • George Andrew Bailey Memorial Medieval Travelling Scholarship, 2012
  • Australian Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship, 2011
  • Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, 2002, Bohol Philippines


Journal Articles (* Refereed Journals)

  • Pemberton, B. and Melzer, E. 2010, 'A preliminary investigation into three aids to washing paper: XRF elemental analysis of paper treated with EDTA, TAC and ammonia', Contributions to the 6th AICCM Paper, Book and Photographs Symposium, pps. 58-63.
  • *Melzer, E.,  2008, 'Flood, Fire and War: fragmentary manuscripts in the Medieval Imagination Exhibition', La Trobe Journal, No. 81 Autumn 2008, pp. 69-81.
  • Hill, C. and E. Melzer, 2004,  'Conserving historical works from the VCA collection,' in Macnaughton, J., From life: works by early generations of students at the National Gallery Art School. Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

  • Melzer, E., 2012, 'Ukiyo-e prints: A case study of conservation treatment,' Made To Last: the conservation of art, curated by Sherryn Vardy, A NETS Victoria exhibition in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and supported by Latrobe Regional Gallery, pp. 40 - 43.
  • *Melzer, E. 2008. 'Six Fragments from a Book of Hours by the Boucicaut Master', Medieval Imagination: Exhibition Catalogue, Catalogue Entry, State Library of Victoria: Melbourne 2008.

Press Articles

  • Melzer, E., 2004, 'Basking in Bohol', AICCM Newsletter (Feature Article) June 2004