• Art authentication and significance assessment as a tool in preservation and collection management
  • Conservation analysis for Art History
  • Conservation policy development
  • Cultural Materials Collections, development and policy
  • Cultural Materials Collections, philosophies and access
  • Cultural Materials Conservation
  • Indigenous collections (The Leonhard Adam Collection at the University of Melbourne)
  • Indigenous knowledge and cultural material culture
  • Materials and techniques of Australian artists
  • Scientific analysis of artwork
  • The Australian Synchrotron in Cultural Materials Analysis



  • Robyn Sloggett is Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC). She has qualifications in Art History, Philosophy and Cultural Materials Conservation. As Director of the CCMC she manages the diverse conservation, teaching and research programs of the Centre. These programs include responsibility for the conservation of the cultural collections of the University of Melbourne (with over 32 separate collections owned or managed by the University) and the provision of a large program for external clients with specialist expertise in painting, frame, paper, objects and textiles conservation. The CCMC also delivers the only comprehensive post-graduate conservation professional programme in the Australasia-Pacific region, as well as courses in Art Authentication and Photographic Preservation.

    Her contribution to research and teaching has developed in both an academic and professional framework. In her previous role as Deputy Director and Grimwade Chief Conservator in the Ian Potter Museum of Art she managed both Conservation and Collections Management, developing research programs which linked the scientific analysis of art and archival material (in partnership with researchers in the Faculty of Science) with art historical analysis (in partnership with researchers in the Faculty of Arts) and collection management (in partnership with staff in the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Information Services). These collaborations resulted in over 23 competitive research grants and 17 successful ARC projects.

    Robyn is currently a member of the University’s Cultural Collections Committee; founded and is Production Manager for the Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art; is a member of the Collections Committee of the Library Board, State Library of Victoria; and is currently Chair of the Indemnification Committee Arts Victoria. In the past she has been a member of a number of editorial boards (including Museums National Museum    

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Member of

  • Collections Committee of the Board of the State Library of Victoria. Member 2005 -
  • Arts Victoria Indemnification Committee. Chair 1999 -
  • ICOM-CC. Ordinary Member 1998 -
  • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material. Ordinary Member 1984 -
  • IIC (International Institute for Conservation). Ordinary Member 1999 - 2008
  • Museums Australia Magazine Editorial Board. Member 1997 - 2007
  • Museums Australia. Individual Member 2000 - 2006


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • AssDipMatCons, University of Canberra 1982
  • BA Hons Comb., University of Melbourne 1979

Awards and honors

  • International Council of Museums, 2014
  • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials, 2013
  • Conservator of the Year Award 2004, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials, 2004



Available for supervision

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