Cross-cultural conservation practices

Cultural materials are intrinsic to the identity of communities. Our research focusses on the interconnections between cultural policy, conservation and social capital and community identity, particularly in Indigenous and remote communities.

Research leads

Dr Robert Lazarus

Dr Marcelle Scott

Prof Robyn Sloggett

Dr Nicole Tse

Research partners

The Mulka Project

Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Warmun Art Centre

ANKA (Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation)

APTCCARN partners

Balai Seni Negara National Art Gallery (Malaysia)

Silpakorn University (Thailand)

Cheng Shiu University (Taiwan)

National Museum (The Philippines)

Doctoral studies

2017 - Ainslee Meredith ‘The public value of conservation in Australia: a social justice framework’

2016 - Nur Shkembi, ‘Destiny Disrupted: Reclaiming the contemporary Muslim narrative through the development of the contemporary manuscript’, PhD, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse.

2015 - Susie Collis, ‘Revisiting conservation treatment methodologies for waterlogged archaeological wood: an Australian context’, PhD, Dr Nicole Tse, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Ian MacLeod.

2014 - Dianne Mossenson, ‘The History of Indigenart and the Development of the Aboriginal Art Market’, PhD, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Professor Su Baker.

2014 - Samantha Hamilton ‘Best practice in conservation programs for remote Aboriginal communities’, PhD, Professor Robyn Sloggett, Professor Marcia Langton and Dr Jacky Healy.

2011 - Gina Levenspiel ‘In defence of architecture: the poverty of conservation, materiality and the Burra Charter’, PhD, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Petronella Nel.

2009 - Sophie Lewincamp ‘Contact zones: a new model for conservation community-engagement’, Professor Robyn Sloggett and Dr Nicole Tse.

Research activities

Bangariny-warriny jarrag booroonboo-yoo Two good ideas talking together (The Warmun Art Centre - Grimwade Centre partnership)

APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network)

2018 Scott, M and Tse, N ‘Strengthening engagement with Singapore and South East Asian communities through cultural materials conservation’, UoM Engagement Grant

2019 Tse, N ‘Creative Initiatives and Conservation Practice: Collective approaches for the material cultural record in Indonesia’, UoM Engagement Grant

Research translation

Research translation through Grimwade Conservation Services


Public Programs

Preserving the near future Symposium

Dr Gea Parikesit, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia:

Research classifications


Field of Research (FoR)

43020 9 Materials conservation

430101 Archaeological science

Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO)

130402 Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage

280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology