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
Nicole Tse

Research partners

ANKA (Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation)
Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation
The Mulka Project
Warmun Art Centre

APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network) partners:

Balai Seni Negara National Art Gallery (Malaysia)
Silpakorn University (Thailand)
Cheng Shiu University (Taiwan)
National Museum (The Philippines)

Doctoral studies

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.


Eliza O’Donnell, Authentication, Attribution and Art Crime: Understanding issues in art attribution in contemporary Indonesia

Diana Tay, Cultural Cross-Roads: Tracing Material Culture through Pre- and Post-War Oil Paintings of Singaporean Artists

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

Building the Bundengan of Wonosobo Instrument-Building

Dr Gea Parikesit, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia:

Our Alumni: Bali Art & Heritage Conservation Internship Program #BAHCIP

Research classifications


Field of Research (FoR)

430209 Materials conservation
430101 Archaeological science

Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO)

130402 Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage
280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology