Student Conservators at Melbourne

Events + Grants

Future Events

16–20 MAY: Bathurst Heritage Conservation Showcase
18–19 MAY: Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail
31 MAY: SC@M Masterclass – Time-based Media Conservation with Patricia Falcao
7 JUNE: Trivia Night @ The Clyde Hotel
MAR–JUNE: Online course – Planning Your RE-ORG Project (ICCROM/UNESCO)
2019: Student Volunteering – Museums and Collections Projects Program (MCPP)
12–15 NOV: Making Conservation – AICCM National Conference 2019, Melbourne / Call-out for papers: Submissions close 1 July 2019



SC@M Masterclass: Time-based Media Conservation with Patricia Falcao

Friday 31 May
9.30am – 6pm
Grimwade Centre, Main Lab

Join leading time-based media conservator Patricia Falcao (TATE) for a masterclass on digital media conservation. Learn about analysing and documenting time-based media art, assessing risk and defining preservation strategies, plus work in small teams to complete practical exercises and present results. A light lunch will be provided.

Patricia is responsible for new acquisitions of time-based media artworks in the TATE Collection including video, software-based, audio, film and performance works.

For Grimwade Centre students and alumni. Places are limited, bookings required.

This workshop is FREE. The $20 ticket fee saves your place and will be given back to you during the masterclass.

The first event for our new Masterclass series. Supported by SC@M’s 2018–2020 SSAF Grant. Supported by The Grimwade Centre, University of MelbournE


Planning your RE-ORG project

6 sessions: 20 March–5 June
Online Course ($US 149)

Join Connecting to Collections Care for a 6-part course on the ICCROM/UNESCO devised RE-ORG Method, a step-by-step approach to storage organization that will help you to reorganize your current storage rooms, focusing on the creative, yet safe, use of existing resources.

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Bathurst Heritage Conservation Showcase + Bathurst Trades Trail

Join Grimwade Centre students and graduates at the Bathurst Heritage Conservation Showcase (16–20 May) and Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail (18–19 May) for free conservation workshops and events.

• Learn how to care for letters, sheet music, and other paper-based items in Paper Conservation 101 (FRI 17 MAY).
• Go behind-the-scenes at BRAG and hear about their RE-ORG project (FRI 17 May).
• Discover Mrs Chifley’s handmade textiles collection and get practical care tips (MON 20 May).
• Rehouse your photograph collection into an acid-free album (FRI 17 May).
• Visit the conservation poster exhibition at the Bathurst District Historical Society (THUR–MON).

Head to the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail (Uniting Church Hall, 18–19 MAY) for demonstrations on metal cleaning, rehousing materials, ceramic repair, textile care, and other conservation techniques. Supported by The Copland Foundation.

The Bathurst Heritage Conservation Showcase is proudly funded by the NSW government Heritage Grants program, and supported by The Copland Foundation, Bathurst Regional Council, and The University of Melbourne.



Save the date: Trivia Night Fundraiser

Friday 7 June
5pm drinks, 6.30pm – 10pm Trivia (TBC)
The Clyde Hotel

General knowledge whiz? Put your brain to the test at our annual fundraising Trivia Night where questions range from Game of Thrones to Conservation and come with a side of Wedgachos, chances to donate – hints can be purchased through (non-discreet) bribes – games, prizes and raffles.

Ticket link available soon. Funds raised will go to the a TBC Charity.



Making Conservation – AICCM National Conference 2019, Melbourne

Call-out for papers: Submissions close 1 July 2019

At the AICCM National Conference 2019, we invite you to consider how we make our profession. Broadly divided into three themes – making conservation sustainable, innovative and connected – we want to know what excites you, what challenges you, and what you want to discuss further.

What treatments are inspiring you, what new project have you developed, what plans do you have for the future? Where should conservation be heading, both locally and globally, and how are we going to get there? How are we making conservation now and how can the way we make conservation shape the future?

Join us at the Pavilion at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, 13–15 November 2019 and continue the conversation. The three day conference will include two and a half days of presentations, an afternoon of tours, a panel discussion on conservation education, welcome drinks and an evening soiree.

Each day of the conference will centre around one of the three themes:

Making Conservation Connected
• How are we/should we make conservation inclusive, collaborative, visible, accessible and connected across communities?

Making Conservation Sustainable
• How can the profession grow and develop?
• What do we need from conservation education and what are the challenges or opportunities we are working with?
• How can conservation respond to climate change and how will this affect our work?

Making Conservation Innovation
• What treatments, projects, developments or ideas are exciting and inspiring you, or challenging you to do things differently?
• How can conservation shape the future?

The organising committee welcomes abstracts of 250 words on these three distinct but connected topics. Suggested formats include:
• Papers (20 minutes)
• Lightning talks (5 minutes)
• Panel discussions (45 minutes – 1 hour)
• Other facilitated discussion, debate, critique, networking or interactive sessions
• Posters
• Short video presentations
• Tours (to be facilitated through the tour afternoon)

If we have not listed your preferred session format here, contact us to discuss your idea.

Abstracts and/or queries should be sent to Albertine Hamilton at



Student Volunteering

The Museums and Collections Projects Program (MCPP) offers students the opportunity to volunteer behind-the-scenes with over 30 of Melbourne University's cultural collections. See the 2019 Projects List to find available projects.


Past Events 2018–2019