Silvia Da Rocha is a Conservator specialising in Natural Science object conservation and Preventive conservation. She has a background in Arts, completing a combined Bachelor of Arts (English) and Art History and Theory at UNSW – before discovering she preferred the material to the academic, and undertaking the Master of Arts in Cultural Material Conservation at the University of Melbourne in 2009-2010. Silvia has since worked with heritage and museums in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in private work, in national museums, and university museums. Silvia has an interest in working with skin, fur, and feather on a material level but is also focused on preventive methods of storage, display, and transit.
She is passionate about the associations between the sciences and cultural collections, and their significance and connection to communities.