2019 ADFAS MID-CAREER SCHOLAR

Elizabeth McCartney Manager, Conservation at Museums Victoria.

Elizabeth has been awarded the scholarship to attend the course ‘Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork’ at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (UK) in February 2020.  West Dean College is an internationally recognised and widely respected conservation education institution.  In her role Elizabeth directs the conservation program that looks after the Victorian State Collection.  The collection is substantial and varied and it includes a large number of technology items made from metal.

In particular, she is the project conservator for the Great Melbourne Telescope (GMT) Restoration. Erected at the Melbourne Observatory in 1869, for three decades the GMT was the largest operational telescope in the world.  In 1945 it was sold for reuse at Mt Stromlo Observatory near Canberra and after modernisation it continued to be used for astrophysical research.

In 2003, the parts of the GMT still in use were burnt in the Canberra bushfires.  In 2008 these parts were returned to Museums Victoria and the restoration project began. This is a complex project to restore an object of great state, national and international significance.  The restoration project has recently arrived at a critical juncture and further development of knowledge of metals conservation at this point would be of great and very timely benefit to the work on the project.

Undertaking this course at West Dean College is necessary as there is no metals-specific mid-career conservation training in Australia.  Receiving this specialised training would benefit the conservation of a number of objects and structures of high national and international significance, the preservation of the Victorian State Collection in general, and the support that Elizabeth if able to provide to her team and the other organisations who come to Museums Victoria for advice.

An additional 2019 ADFAS Mid -Career Scholar award has been  sponsored by ADFAS ARMIDALE.

2019 ADFAS ARMIDALE MID-CAREER SCHOLAR

Wendi Powell Senior Paper Conservator International Conservation Services

Wendi Powell has been awarded the ADFAS Armidale Mid-career Scholarship to secure a place in the 7 week-long Preservation & Conservation of Photographic Materials Course held by The Centre for Photographic Conservation in London, England in 2020. This is a seven week ‘Certificated’ career and professional development course held annually for experienced conservators seeking to increase and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in the field of photographic conservation.

This course will help Wendi to broaden her knowledge and skill base in the field of photographic conservation. The course entails the history of photography and the theory of photo-chemistry and as well teaches practical hands-on skills for the preservation and conservation treatment of photographic materials. It will also enable Wendi the opportunity to assemble a collection of comparative images for the identification of different types of photographic materials.

Wendi wishes to share the information she gains from attending this course with the greater community of conservators within Australia and therefore proposes to hold an overview workshop at an AICCM event in Sydney, NSW upon her return.

2018 ADFAS MID-CAREER SCHOLAR

Kelly Leahey, paper conservator at the State Library of Queensland.

The PRF award will enable Kelly to attend the joint American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Photographic Materials Group (AIC PMG) and the International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation, Photographic Materials Working Group (ICOM-CC PMWG) conference and workshop, New York, in February 2019.

This conference is highly relevant and timely, as the Queensland State Library starts initial planning for the conservation of a significant collection of Richard Daintree’s  hand painted photographs from the 1870s. In 2019, Kelly will be leading the technical examination component of this project, and will be looking to build capabilities at the State Library in this area. She will take the opportunity a the conference to consult with photograph conservation colleagues to research international standards and current options. This will help to make wise investment decisions in the instrumentation purchases. In particular, the library is looking at options for documentation using Ultraviolet Fluorescence photography (UVF), Infrared Reflectography (IRR), and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). Attending this joint photograph international conservation conference will help make good decisions in this area, and will have a huge impact on conservation work and research into Queensland collections in the years to come. In collaboration with Rachel Spano, Senior Conservator at State Library, she is working on two paper submissions for the conference.

2017 ADFAS MID-CAREER SCHOLAR

Dr Wendy Reade

Wendy attended and had her paper accepted at the biennial International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICANNE) conference in Munich, April 2018.

Her paper related to her work on reconstructing a very rare example of a 3400-year-old Egyptian fresco painted pavement from Amarna held at the University of Sydney Museums.