Research strengths

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation delivers innovative solutions to industry and community embedded problems which impact the sustainability of cultural material. Our research delivers local solutions of global significance.

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation is built on the conviction that culture matters to individuals and societies, and on the understanding that the University of Melbourne has a critical role to play in the articulation and preservation of culture through teaching, research and knowledge transfer.

By bringing together scientific, cultural and historical domains of practice, the Grimwade Centre seeks to advance innovation in cultural materials conservation practice to ultimately ensure our shared cultural record is sustained for future generations.

Our research strengths are outlined below.

Community conservation

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.

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Conservation in the Asia-Pacific

As a citizen of the Asia-Pacific region the Grimwade Centre seeks to understand the materiality of our local cultural record, the way materials behave and age in diverse climatic conditions, and the increasing risk of natural disasters.

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Attribution and technical studies

The authenticity and attribution of cultural material can be problematic. Our research combines the disciplines of criminology, materials science and history to inform the authentication of art and heritage objects of significance.

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Contemporary conservation practice

Innovation in contemporary practice is an ongoing focus of our research. The Grimwade Centre’s research advances conservation methods and materials, their ageing and application properties as well the novel use of analytical instrumentation to develop new knowledge in cultural materials conservation.

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