Student Conservators at Melbourne


Future Events



Preserving the Near Future Symposium

Saturday 28 July 2018

Discover the practice and ethics of preservation in the digital landscape at this day-long symposium with International and Australian conservators.

From interactive art, time-based media, videogames, networked data art, and mixed reality, to the petabytes of analogue content now being rapidly digitised by institutions, digital preservation is an immediate and pressing concern.

How might we engage with digital preservation as works are being made, mounted and distributed? How might future artistic and creative practices be transformed? Is 'future proofing' ever possible?

Speakers + Program

Tickets $30 for UoM Students , see your student Facebook group for details.

Co-presented by THE Grimwade Cente + RMIT School of DesigN

This is a Mel&NYC EVENT, Supported by the Victorian Government



Crystallography and Cultural Heritage: Science and Passion

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC)
233 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Talk by Professor Gilberto Artioli from University of Padova (Italy), focussing on crystallography and materials science as fundamental tools for the characterisation and understanding of materials of different nature, including those relevant for the cultural heritage. 

Artioli is an expert in Archeometry, the discipline that applies scientific techniques to the analysis of archaeological materials. 

FREE event, bookings required.



The Problem with Plastics

Wednesday 22 August
Melbourne Museum

Since their discovery more than a century ago, plastics can now be found almost everywhere - in toys, clothing, cars, appliances and photographs. Unfortunately, it has now been realised that many plastics degrade over time – they collapse, ooze, crack and crumble.

As museums acquire increasing numbers of plastic objects, their preservation is becoming one of the major collection management issues of the 21st century. It’s a topic that conservators Petronella Nell, Julianne Bell, Alice Cannon and Karina Palmer are keenly investigating. Join them to hear how they are identifying and managing problematic plastics in museum collections around the country.



Truth and Authenticity

Wednesday 22 August
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, Room G06

In this lecture Professor Robyn Sloggett explores the ways in which risk to the preservation of cultural, historical and scientific records is situated within broader issues of climate change, regionalism and post colonialism.

What happens to truth when people cannot access their cultural, historic and scientific record?

The verification of histories, the development of identity and the iteration of the culture all require the existence of, and access to, the authentic cultural record. The right to know is enshrined in the basic principles of democracy but the ability to access information is framed, supported and in many instances privileged by race, region and socio-economic status.

FREE event, bookings required.

This lecture is part of the 2018 School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Truth Public Lecture Series



10th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium

20–23 November 2018
Melbourne Museum

The Symposium program will include up to thirty-five presentations by conservators and allied researchers from Australia and abroad. Includes three significant keynote speakers and a range of panel discussions, workshops and tours.

Student (full-registration): $330
Member (full registration): $495/$605
Member day registration: $220

Information + download the Program

Full Registration includes all conference sessions; Tuesday night welcome reception; Wednesday evening film night; and a satchel with the abstract booklet, a USB of extended abstracts + more. You will also be able to enrol in a workshop, tour or discussion session for Friday's workshop day. Note: some will be free, others will incur an additional cost.

PRESENTED by the aiccm Book & Paper + Photon SIGS

Supported by museums victoria