Category: Grimwade Centre

  1. What Remains of a Performance When the Curtain Goes Down?

    Archives are an incomplete but important record of dance and theatre, and the history and artistry of University of Melbourne students is being revisited through these ‘remains’. Arabella Frahn-Starkie, student in the Masters of Cultural Conservation, explores these questions in this new article, republished from Pursuit. My journey to working with archives has been an […]

  2. Ancestral Ties to the Kabayan ‘Fire’ Mummies is Driving Research to Save Them

    An unexpected family link to the Philippines’ Kabayan mummies inspired research into environmental changes in the mountain caves that house them. Grimwade Centre students Fen Reyes, Sarah Soltis, and Camille Calanno explore their research on the mummies and their conservation in this article, republished from Pursuit. Tucked away in rock shelters in the secluded northern […]

  3. Grimwade Centre Students Launch Scroll Vol. 3

    In December 2023, Student Conservators @ Melbourne (SC@M) hosted an intimate celebration at the Grimwade Centre’s nearby watering hole, The Clyde Hotel, to congratulate the new Master of Cultural Materials Conservation graduates and officially launch Scroll Vol. 3. The student-led journal celebrates its third successful release in three years. Founded by the Grimwade Centre’s Master […]

  4. Eliza O’Donnell

    Eliza O’Donnell (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2024), The Painting is Broken: Understanding Issues of Authenticity and Art Attribution in Contemporary Indonesia The circulation of counterfeit paintings in the Indonesian art centres is a sensitive issue that threatens the cultural record and intellectual property of artists and their legacy. Since the beginning of Indonesia’s first […]

  5. Creative Solutions for Conservation Challenges in Thailand

    The University of Melbourne has been collaborating with Silpakorn University, Thailand, since 1995. Most recently, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts and Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts. In March 2023 the University of Melbourne hosted an Incoming Research and Training Visit for residents of Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Science. During the visit, Assistant Professor Sutinee Girdthep and Dr Nattawan Worawannotai presented their work on the conservation of Thai heritage. Recent Master of Cultural Materials Conservation graduate Gen Schiesser reflects on the presentations below.

  6. Cancy Chu

    Cancy Chu (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2023) ‘Preserving Plastics in Paper-Based Collections’ Plastics, referring to semi- or fully synthetic mouldable polymeric materials, are now found in a wide range of cultural heritage materials. Ongoing research focused on plastics in museum collections show that the chemical stability of certain plastics are short-lived. These unstable plastics […]

  7. Marles Medal for Professor Robyn Sloggett

    Professor Robyn Sloggett was awarded the 2021 Marles Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne in recognition of her extraordinary achievements as a scholar and practitioner of cultural materials conservation whose work has had far-reaching impact both within and beyond the academy. Robyn is both a pioneer and a revolutionary force: […]

  8. Celebrating Twenty Years of the Grimwade Centre

    The year 2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. In June, to mark this milestone, the Grimwade Centre hosted a special Family and Friends Event. In collaboration with Student Conservators at Melbourne (SC@M), the Centre transformed its multi-purpose lab into an event space. Staff, students, and […]

  9. New Perspectives on Filipino Textile Weaving

    There is a long and rich tradition of textile weaving in the Philippines. In October 2022 Dr Ana Labrador, currently Honorary Senior Fellow at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, gave a talk exploring different approaches to Filipino weaving practices and the challenges that they pose for conservators and for craft researchers. Her wideranging […]

  10. Diana Tay

    Diana Tay (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2023) ‘Building a Conservation Material Record: A Study of Paintings by Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen’ Despite the growing visibility of prominent figures in modern Singaporean art history, there is limited material knowledge of the art practices of paintings from Nanyang artists such as Georgette Chen (1906–1993) […]

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