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Grimwade Conservation Services

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Phone: +61 3 9348 5700
Email: gcs-info@unimelb.edu.au
ABN: 84002705224
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria

The leading art conservation and restoration centre in Victoria, and the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both conservation services and training in cultural material conservation.

Grimwade Conservation Services specialises in all areas of art restoration and museum standard conservation. Programs include conservation treatments and restoration of all types of materials; collection surveys; conservation strategy plans; disaster preparedness plans; research and technical analysis.

Grimwade Conservation Services has one of the best-equipped laboratories in Australia, with access to a wide range of analytical equipment and expertise at The University of Melbourne. The building is purpose built for housing cultural collections with temperature and humidity control and 24-hour on-site security, to ensure artwork is in optimum care. 

Clients' objects are covered under the University's insurance while the objects are on our premises and with access to a loading dock and large goods lift, we can accommodate large items for treatment.


Conservation treatment and advice
Programs include conservation treatments of all types of materials; such as paintings, works on paper, photographs, books, frames, textiles, other organic (leather, wood, plant fibres etc.) and inorganic (ceramics, metals, glass etc.) objects, archaeological materials and architectural projects.

Available conservation services include:

  • free quoting service
  • on-site visits
  • condition reporting, 3D photogrammetry and RTI documentation
  • sampling and scientific analysis
  • insurance and quarantine reports (quarantine accredited (classes 2 to 8))
  • consultation and reports for exhibition, travel, loan and purchase

Collection care and advice
The Grimwade Centre provides collection care advice and assistance on a variety of topics

  • targeted preventive conservation advice
  • the development of conservation strategy management plans
  • conservation surveys
  • condition reports for travel, loan or the purchase of artworks
  • disaster planning and recovery
  • integrated pest management
  • purchase of archival quality storage materials

Technical analysis
The Grimwade Centre provides a scientific analysis service for analysing cultural heritage objects or works of art.

At the Grimwade Centre we have access to fundamental non-invasive examination and various advanced instrumentation techniques. The collection of data and subsequent interpretation of results (we collaborate with scientific researchers at the University of Melbourne and other nearby universities), provide information about the physical composition of an object, its nature and the extent of deterioration of the object or associated intervention materials. This information assists art historical research, cultural heritage material science research, and the selection and assessment of appropriate conservation treatment methodologies.

Conservation workshops and training programs
Some of the workshops and training programs we can deliver include:

  • General preventive conservation theory and practice
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Storage, handling and display techniques for different materials and object types
  • Condition reporting of all material types and objects
  • Basic conservation techniques
  • Caring for family history collections
  • Archival materials - what are they, why use them, when it use them
  • Conservation mounting and framing of works on paper
  • Conservation framing of paintings
  • Varnishing paintings - techniques for practising artists
  • Construction of storage folders and boxes
  • Construction of simple object supports for display
  • Disaster preparedness planning
  • Disaster recovery
  • Dealing with mould damaged objects, including OH&S issues
recent projects

Treatment profile: Faithfully conserving a Rembrandt - https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/faithfully-conserving-a-rembrandt

Treatment profile: Restoring one of the world's rarest maps - https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/restoring-one-of-the-world-s-rarest-maps

Treatment profile: Conserving Australia's cultural record - https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/conserving-australia-s-cultural-record

Treatment profile: Bringing a fire damaged book back from the brink - https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/bringing-a-fire-damaged-book-back-from-the-brink

Treatment profile: Conservation John Buckland Wright engravings and copper plates - https://museumsandcollections.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1379068/06_Elder-Melzer-Wright13.pdf

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.