The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation

Overview

Tapa cloth Lau Island Group Fiji 1986The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) is the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation. Our teaching programs offer specialist courses in conservation and art authentication. The Centre has a strong research track record and active research programs, with national and international collaborations. In addition, the Centre seeks to develop graduate research opportunities, relating to the broader issues of cultural preservation, particularly for communities and cultures within the Asian-Pacific region. Specialisations include conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, frames, and object and architectural conservation; research and technical analysis; collection management reports and strategy plans.

Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation students have access to local industry partners and internship opportunities with leading museums, galleries, archives and libraries. Partners include Heritage Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Western Australian Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, International Conservation Services, Artlab Australia, Museum Victoria, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Australian Archives and a range of organisations in Malaysia, India, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Spain. The Masters program is unique in drawing on interdisciplinary expertise across the Arts and Science faculties and collections on campus.

The Centre has responsibility for the conservation of The University of Melbourne's vast collections of cultural material and provides commercial conservation programs, treatments and advice for individuals and organisations.

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