Elizabeth McCartney is the Manager of Conservation at Museums Victoria in Melbourne, a position which she has held since 2018.
Elizabeth is responsible for the management of Conservation programs for the Museums Victoria’s sites including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum. Her work also includes the examination, investigation, documentation, preventive conservation and complex remedial treatment of objects made from an extensive range of materials. A career highlight has been working on the collection and exhibition of the second (and at the time of writing, largest) fatberg ever known to have been displayed in a museum.
Elizabeth was fortunate enough to receive the 2019 ADFAS Mid-career Scholarship, which allowed her the opportunity to attend the course ‘Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork’ at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (UK) in February 2020. This course provided invaluable training that has contributed to her work on the Great Melbourne Telescope restoration project.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in Conservation of Cultural Materials, University of Melbourne specialising in objects conservation as well as a Masters in the Principles of Conservation, University College London and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne majoring in Classical Studies. She is an AICCM Professional Member and has been a member of the AICCM Victorian Division committee since 2006, holding the positions of student representative, ordinary member, treasurer, secretary and president.