The Cultural Materials Conservation program is the only one of its kind in Australia combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation.
We offer teaching and research out of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Victoria’s leading art conservation and restoration centre.
Students gain access to our state-of-the-art laboratory; unique interdisciplinary expertise across the Faculties of Arts and Science; our Grimwade Conservation Services; and The University of Melbourne’s 30 cultural collections.
We have a strong research track record and ongoing collaborative research programs with partners in Australia, China, East Timor, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Explore our research
Our research projects are varied and unique, united by the goal of enabling individuals and communities to explore their past, create identity and community in the present, and access their heritage into the future.
Conserving Australia's cultural record
Our cultural record is the history of Australia's identity. Unless care is taken to conserve it with a clear cultural understanding, its context could be lost. Learn about the work we're doing with Gija Elders, artists and staff at the Warmun Art Centre in Western Australia's Kimberley Region.
The PolyMuse project
Our museums are increasingly filled with plastic and polymer-based items, which have a relatively short life expectancy. We're working with some of the country's leading museum professionals and scientists to develop better methods for preserving these items for future generations.
Rebuilding cultural heritage after disaster
In 2013, an earthquake devastated the Philippines. Find out how our team of conservators went beyond conventional cultural conservation practices and involved the local community in the restoration of their churches.
Study with us
Explore cultural materials conservation from philosophical, intellectual and scientific domains of practice with senior heritage professionals and conservators. Find out more about studying:
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced)
- Master of Arts (Thesis Only)
- Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis)
- Master of Cultural Materials Conservation (by Coursework) (see current subjects)
- Principles of Cultural Materials Conservation Handbook entry
- Doctor of Philosophy – Arts
Read our stories
Learn more about our people, work and research through our news and articles.
Each year we see our students achieve remarkable feats, and this year – despite being unusual due to a global pandemic that leaves us working and …
The Barangaroo Boat, as it has come to be known, was discovered in November 2018 during development works conducted by Sydney Metro. After completing her MA …
A monthly round-up of media commentary, publications and projects, and other news from across the School community.
In October 2019 the Grimwade Centre hosted a forum run by Con/servare, an international network for researchers and practitioners in the fields of conservation, material culture …
The devastation wrought by the Australian bushfires has been immense and, as the fires continue to burn, the final loss won’t be known for many months. …
Grimwade Centre student Laura Daenke is currently completing an internship in the Paper and Photo Department at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Here she talks to Isabella …
Known for her bold and bright work, artist Mirka Mora was a trailblazer for women artists in the 1970s, bringing ‘feminine techniques’ to the forefront of …
At the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Western disciplines like chemistry, physics, art history and archaeology help us to analyse, understand, preserve and restore Australia’s …
Meet our Cultural Materials Conservation staff
Our academics are leading teachers, researchers and industry practitioners, who are highly regarded for their significant contribution to the field. Professor Robyn Sloggett has been awarded The Order of Australia, and Dr Nicole Tse has been awarded Conservator of the Year by the Australian Institute for Conservation of Cultural Materials.
Director, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation; Cripps Foundation Chair
Associate Lecturer in Cultural Materials Conservation
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Materials Conservation
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Materials Conservation; Cultural Materials Conservation Discipline Chair