Digital Interactions in Cultural Materials Conservation


The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing (access via the rear lift) Arts West (Building 148)


Cultural materials conservation develops capacity and knowledge to conserve continuing cultural records. Through interactions and understanding, conservators aim to enable individuals and communities to create and access their heritage for the present and into the future.

This seminar will examine how the role of materials conservation is changed and expanded when paired with digital technologies. To illustrate the use of digital technologies, the presentation will draw on a number of case studies, including working with the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) on the visualisation of Wayang Kulit Puppets and acoustic repairs of musical instruments; the digitisation of Church heritage in the Philippines; and the exploration of citizen science platforms with the City of Port Phillip using History Pin.

Part of the Digital Studio's Digital Heritage Seminars series.

Image: Shell Ornamentation, Nicole Tse and Sophie Russell at the Guiuan Parish, Philippines
Photographer: Saiful Bakhri


Dr Nicole Tse, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation

Dr Nicole Tse is part of the research and teaching team at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. Tse’s research focuses on the development and support of regionally relevant conservation approaches for works of art in tropical Southeast Asia, under the auspices of Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN). In 2017, Tse was an IIAS Affiliated Fellow at the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and coconvened a meeting on 'Natural disasters and cultural heritage in the Philippines: Knowledge sharing, decision making and conservation'.