Materials analysis for built heritage

Grimwade Conservation Services offers scientific material analysis of built heritage to all those working within the heritage conservation architecture sector.

Grimwade Conservation Services has access to various advanced instrumentation techniques at the University of Melbourne. The collection of data and subsequent interpretation of results can provide information about the physical composition of a material and the extent of any deterioration products or associated intervention materials.


To discuss scientific analysis and research, please contact us: +61 3 9348 5700 or email


Available scientific material analysis services include:

Paint analysis

  • determine original colour schemes through cross sections and/or paint scrappings
  • pigment analysis (ie identify pigment types)
  • binder analysis (ie identify oil, acrylic, waxes, protein based paint systems)

Inorganic material analysis

  • determine composition of composite materials (ie renders, mortars, cements)
  • determine composition of deterioration products (ie efflorescence)
  • determination of hazardous materials (ie lead, mercury, cadmium)

Surface analysis

  • determine physical degradation of surface/material
  • determine change in colour/gloss
  • determine composition of materials on surface of substrate

Wallpaper analysis

  • analysis of paper fibres to determine paper type and possible origins/manufacture details
  • analysis of pigment and binder

3D analysis

  • documentation of structures using 3D photogrammetry

Environmental analysis

  • monitoring fluctuations in temperature and humidity
  • assess light level (UV and lux)