Middle Eastern Manuscript research video

Our Middle Eastern Manuscript research team met with Anna Bowman, the daughter of Professor John Bowman in January.

This video is the result of that collaboration https://vimeo.com/210484593

A big thank you to Anna Bowman for her knowledge and film-making expertise, members of the MEM research team Professor Robyn Sloggett, Sophie Lewincamp, Sadra Zekrgoo, Leila Alhagh, Nur Shkembi, Sally Kilby and Dr Petronella Nel; our colleagues at the Islamic Museum of Australia https://islamicmuseum.org.au Sherene Hassan and Jake Carter; and Susan Thomas, Rare Books Curator, Bailieu Library http://library.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special-collections/rare-books/internatonal-rare-books/memss.


RSL LifeCare Conservation and Community Engagement Project

Our collaboration with RSL LifeCare continued this month. The GCCMC team worked alongside RSL LifeCare museum committee and volunteers to brainstorm activities for next year and prepare collection documentation for the move to our new Omeka database. #GCCMCstudents Marion Ely Rovillos Cruz, Rose Cangadis-Douglass and Isabella Spiteri received a University of Melbourne student engagement grant to support database activities.


Highlight was the Annual Thank You Luncheon attended by the Governor of NSW.


AICCM Conservation Awards


#GCCMCstaff Dr Nicole Tse was awarded AICCM Conservator of the Year.

#GCCMCstudents Eleanor Vallier awarded AICCM Student Conservator of the Year and Celeste Wing Young awarded Outstanding Conservation Volunteer.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Grimwade Centre Phd presentations

#GCCMCphd conservation research presentations continue this afternoon

Yue Qiu – Development of an innovative approach based on energy chemical shift of K lines using ED-XRF for the identification of cultural materials. His research is a collaboration between the Grimwade Centre and CSIRO.


Nur Shkembi – Destiny Disrupted: reclaiming the Muslim narrative through the production of a contemporary manuscript. Nur’s research to create a contemporary manuscript will engage minority Muslim community members, artists and conservators. This project will build on conservation research work done by the GCCMC Middle Eastern manuscript group – investigation of pigments, inks, dyes and colourants, papers and book structures.

Theory/Exegesis premise: The book as an object that disrupts history and the contemporary manuscript as an effective means for community agency.



#GCCMCphd Grimwade Centre Phd presentations

A number of Grimwade Centre PhD candidates present their #conservation research today.

Leila Alhagh – Middle Eastern manuscript research MUL 17, University of Melbourne collection.


Claire Grech – Behaviours of modern paints in tropical climates. This research addresses the gap in knowledge regarding behaviour & care of western artist’s materials in South-East Asia and follows the work of Dr Nicole Tse and Dr Augustine Doronila.


Gina Levenspiel – Considers the effect of the Burra Charter on architecture.


Isa Loo – The use of inorganic, calcite-based treatments in the conservation of earthen cultural materials. Case Study Chinese miner’s cottages at Castlemaine.



Paper Conservation research with the State Library of Victoria

#GCCMCstudent Jessica Mc Elhinney researched Post-1950 impregnated (synthetic acrylic resins) translucent papers. These papers are difficult to repair using traditional paper conservation methods. Jessica performed detailed paper identification on a case study collection – Grounds, Romberg and Boyd records housed at the State Library of Victoria.

Impregnated papers were identified as cotton, with coated fibres.

Tear repair testing was also performed using different adhesives (Lascaux and RK-0) on Japanese and Western style papers.




Second World War Sweetheart badges, RSL LifeCare

#GCCMCstudent Ashley Gilmour investigated the materiality, history and social contexts of the Sweetheart Badge Collection held at the RSL LifeCare War Museum, Narrabeen.

This research builds upon the collaboration between the Grimwade Centre and RSL LifeCare; students, conservators and veterans. Ashley interviewed RSL LifeCare residents to better understand why, how and when these badges were made. FT-IR analysis informed the material components.




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