Konservaction is an Indonesian/Australian alliance focusing on the conservation of Indonesian heritage. Established in 2017 by students from the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation program at The University of Melbourne, the initiative provides an international platform for skills development in project management, workshop delivery, and cross-cultural teaching.

Our first project – launched in response to the 2017 Mt Agung volcano activity in Bali – brought together cultural heritage institutions, conservators and students from Indonesia and Australia for a two-way exchange of knowledge. Research visits to nine museums culminated in a student-designed and led Disaster Preparedness Conservation Workshop for staff from these institutions.

In 2018, the second project focussed on rehousing a significant collection of Lontar – palm-leaf manuscripts – up to 400 years old from Museum Pustaka Lontar. Students learnt traditional craft skills and contributed a preservation plan for managing and storing the collection within the community while the museum is being built.

The Konservaction team, Grimwade Centre students Saiful Bakhri (project leader/founder), Grace Barrand, Laura Gransbury, Jessica Gray, Lisa Mansfield, and Alexandra Taylor, worked in collaboration with students in Bali – Dani Sunjana, Jofel Eliezer Malonda and Sekar Rizqy Amallia Ramadhani.

Read more about Konservaction projects in 2017 and 2018 on the Student Conservators at Melbourne website.

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If you have a project you would like to discuss please contact us via email.

Konservaction have been generously funded by Student Engagement Grants from The University of Melbourne.

Konservaction striking a pose at Museum Puri Lukisan. ‘Museum di Hatiku‘ (‘Museum in My Heart’) is an Indonesian government motto encouraging people to visit cultural institutions, 2017. Photograph: Konservaction


Student conservator Alexandra Taylor demonstrates wet cleaning at the Disaster Preparedness Conservation Workshop, 2017. Photograph: Konservaction


Student conservators Jessica Gray and Grace Barrand learn traditional timber working from a local master, 2018. Photograph: Konservaction
Feature image: Guardian Statue and Mount Agung, 2009. Photograph: Antoine Vasse Nicolas via Flickr CC BY 2.0