Collections and sites

Exploring the relationship between objects, knowledge, place, identity and significance through conservation inquiry.


Dr Jonathan Kemp

Dr Robert Lazarus

Prof Robyn Sloggett

Dr Nicole Tse

Research supervisions

  • 2018: Diana Tay, ‘Cultural Cross-Roads: Tracing Material Culture through Pre- and Post-War Oil Paintings of Singaporean Artists’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Robyn Sloggett
  • 2018: Huishu Zhang, ‘Developing Environmental Risk Assessment Methodology for Cultural Heritage Protection in Diversified Cultural Contexts’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Robyn Sloggett
  • 2017: Eliza O'Donnell, ‘Authentication, Attribution and the Art Market: Examining counterfeit paintings and art fraud in Indonesia’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Robyn Sloggett
  • 2016: Claire Grech, ‘Modern paints: characterising the long-term behaviour of acrylic paintings aged in diverse climatic conditions and the conservation implications for their care’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Augustine Doronila
  • 2016: Isa Loo, ‘Assessment and evaluation of inorganic, calcite-based treatment, in the conservation of earthen cultural materials’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson, Dr Caroline Kyi
  • 2016: Rosie Cook, ‘The informed orchestrator: Roles and responsibilities on the conservation of the Kowangan’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi
  • 2016: Bridget Hale ‘Investigating the significance of the Jeune Scott-Kemball Wayang Kulit collection housed at the Music Archive of Monash University’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi
  • 2016: Adele Barbara ‘Investigating the efficacy of using microwave treatments to sterilise mould-affected paper’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi
  • 2016: Lexi Maller ‘Characterising binding media used in Tang Dynasty Chinese murals’, Masters minor thesis, Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Caroline Kyi

Research projects

  • Asia-Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN)
  • 2018: Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative Visiting Scholar Dr Gea Of Parikesit from the Faculty of Engineering in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • 2017: DFAT Australia ASEAN Council ‘Natural disasters and cultural heritage in the Philippines: recovery and reconstruction (AAC157)’ with the National Museum of the Philippines and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Ana Labrador
  • 2017: University of Melbourne Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant ‘Cultural Materials Conservation: Sustainability in Practice’, Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Marcelle Scott
  • 2017: Australian Synchrotron Infrared Beamtime Award ‘Two Chinese Mural Paintings from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368): characterising their binders and pigments’ with Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Caroline Kyi, Dr Alex Duan and Jiafang Liang
  • 2017: ANSTO DINGO Beamline Award ‘Investigation of the water transport properties of artists’ acrylic emulsion paint films for cultural materials conservation’, Claire Grech, Dr Nicole Tse, Dr Augustine Doronila
  • 2015-2017: IRRTF Research Networks ‘Australia and China: Cultural Materials Conservation Cooperative Research Network’, Professor Robyn Sloggett, Dr Nicole Tse, Eckfeld, T.
  • 2014: Australian Awards Fellowships Program on Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery Program, AusAID DFAT, Professor Robyn Sloggett
  • 2013-2014: Endeavour Executive Award ‘Scoping cultural materials conservation methodologies for works of art in the Philippines’, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education at National Museum of the Philippines, Dr Nicole Tse
  • 2012-2013: Melbourne Materials Institute Grant ‘Multiple sensors for the in situ, non-invasive investigation of works of art’, Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Ann Roberts, Farrell, P., Brodie, G., Schiesser, C. and Kyi, C.
  • 2010-2015: ‘Controlling Biodeterioration of Cultural Materials: The use of free-radical based treatments to inhibit the communication pathways of biofilms’, PhD candidate Caroline Kyi, Professor Carl Schiesser, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Ms Sharon Cather. ("Piecing together the chemistry behind conservation," in Science Matters, April 2010)
  • 2010: AusAid Fellowship for staff from Timor Leste Secretariat of State for Culture to visit the Grimwade Centre and partners organisations Artlab Australia, Powerhouse, Australian Museum and NGV, Professor Robyn Sloggett
  • 2008-2012: ARC Linkage Project: ‘Twentieth Century in Paint’. Industry partners, National Art Gallery Malaysia, SEAMEO SPAFA Bangkok, National Gallery of Victoria, Tate Britain, Getty Conservation Institute, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artlab Australia. For more information please visit the archived Twentieth Century in Paint website
  • 2003-2006: ARC Linkage Project: ‘The Behaviour of Western Artist’s Materials in Tropical Environments’. Industry partners National Gallery of Victoria; in Malaysia, Balai Seni Lukis Negara (BSLN) (National Art Gallery in Malaysia); in Singapore, National Heritage Board (Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC); in the Philippines, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines at Diliman (UPVM) (supported by the Australian Embassy in Manila); and in Thailand the National Gallery in Bangkok (supported by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok). For more information please see The Behaviour of Western Artist’s Materials in Tropical Environments web page


  • Content in the Field: the Philippines
    How do conservators negotiate conservation decisions in the field in cross-cultural and cross-sectorial contexts?

    In this field based subject based in the Philippines in Manila and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, students develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a new media discourses that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors. View the Content in the Field Handbook entry