The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation is committed to strong international engagement, and particularly values the collaborative research and teaching it undertakes with the heritage sector in the Asia-Pacific. With initial funding from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 1995 and continued support over several years from DFAT and Creative Victoria to present pilot materials conservation workshops, programs have expanded to sustainable networks of research and conservation specialists (Asia-Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network) and major Australian Research Council supported projects with the Grimwade Centre’s Asian collaborators.

Research programs are currently partnered with the National Museum of the Philippines, National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia, Silpakorn University Thailand, and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts SEAMEO SPAFA and in China, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage and Zhengzhou University.

Past projects

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Museum to museum partnership program for Timor-Leste

This program was developed under the ‘UNESCO Programme for the Preservation of Endangered Movable Cultural Properties’ to promote the protection, conservation and presentation of “endangered movable cultural properties” in Timor-Leste. More information...

Myths and Murals: Building legacy in contemporary art programs in Timor-Leste (2012-2013)

This project examined how traditional Timorese oral and material culture (focusing on a widespread creation story of the island of Timor) is sustained through incorporation into contemporary culture. It examined the effective alignment of cultural knowledge held by senior community members and passed down from generation to generation with new manifestations of culture for use in the future in Timor-Leste.

The oral and geological record of natural hazards of Timor Leste and the development of a practical risk management strategy (2012-2013)

This project developed an understanding of the impact and occurrence of natural hazards in Timor-Leste using scientific risk modelling and oral traditions. The research involved interviewing East Timorese people about their memories of natural disasters, particularly tsunamis. Because there are few historical records the risk from geological-related disasters is not well understood or widely publicised in communities, but people remember these events, which are often recorded in local legend and oral history.

The behaviour of western artists’ materials in tropical climates

The practice of oil painting on stretched canvas in Southeast Asia has a recent history and reflects the development of colonisation in the region. This research is a critical first step to assess the behaviour of canvas paintings in tropical climates, and is essential in providing informed advice on the care of such collections. More information...

The Philippines collaborative conservation projects with the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the Provincial Government of Bohol

Since 1999 the Grimwade Centre has been working with the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the Provincial Government of Bohol, to engage the local community in the preservation of cultural heritage according to conservation projects identified in their Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage (BACH) Code. More information...