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Welcome to SC@M

SC@M is a student group supporting and promoting students undertaking Masters studies in Cultural Materials Conservation at The University of Melbourne. Our members have come from Victoria, interstate and overseas to pursue their studies and have backgrounds in fields as diverse as Fine Arts, Archaeology and Education. 

We aim to support the educational and professional development opportunities for CCMC (Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne) students through connecting with peers, specialists and industry professionals. We are also interested in engaging with the broader student and general public to promote interest and understanding about the field of conservation, including education.

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Meet the 2011/2012 Committee


William Sit (President)

William came from a Fine Art and education background. After completing his Master in Fine Art studying painting, he started this course in order to engage in preservation of painted artefacts. His goal is to work with Aboriginal artefacts, particularly painted wood surfaces, and traditional oil paintings. He hopes to engage in the research and knowledge building aspects of the profession in the future.

Lisa Yeats (Secretary)

Lisa comes to the Masters course from a background in history and archaeology. She is specialising in the conservation of objects. She has a passion for textiles and a keen interest in ceramics. She is fascinated by the cultures of Southeast Asia and hopes she will have the opportunity to work in the region after graduating.

Stephanie Smith (Treasurer)

Stephanie came to conservation through archaeology, moving interstate from QLD to undertake the Melbourne Masters program. She aims to use her qualifications to work in archaeological conservation. Her interests include archaeological conservation, preventive conservation and the role of education in promoting the conservation field.

Fran Paterson (Publicity Officer)

Fran comes from a history and classics background and was attracted to conservation because it brings together her passions for art, culture and history.  She has always loved visiting museums and galleries and discovering how their collections fit within history.  She wants to specialise in objects and is particularly interested in cultural empowerment and sustainability programs, ethnographic collections, and also frame conservation. 

Jade Hadfield (Liaison Officer)

Jade comes from a background in museum outreach and arts administration, and recently moved from NZ to undertake the masters course in conservation of cultural materials. Her area of interest is objects, particularly taonga Maori and materials such as leather, bone and horn.

General Committee Members

Claudia Motolese


Jane Walton
Katherine Stanbury

Katherine has a background in photography and creative arts and has spent many years traveling the world with her camera.  After returning home to New Zealand and finding work in a library she quickly became intrigued about the wonderful world of collections, specifically photographic collections.  Not wanting to become a librarian Katherine enrolled into Museum Studies but was eventually won over by conservation, moving to Melbourne in 2011 to begin her conservation training.
Jessica Ryan

Emily Constantine

Interested in heritage after a childhood of antique stores and clearing sales, Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Archaeology, before directing her interests towards museums. Completing her Diploma of Museum Studies, whilst working in a non-arts industry, and volunteering with the National Trust, Emily became more and more interested in objects and three-dimensional display, storage, preservation and conservation. Employed by the RAAF Museum for the last seven years, Emily has furthered her interest in collection management and conservation whilst being an active Registration Department member, completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management and beginning her Masters in Cultural Material Conservation. Working full time and studying part time, Emily has been working through her Masters for a few years now, and will be a familiar face around the CCMC for a few more years to come.
 Tara Elder

Michelle Pitcher

Cecilia Fogelberg
Brian Tseng

Claudia, Stephanie and Jane enjoy a photo opportunity while conducting an Oddy test in the lab.

Last updated 18/5/12.