Staff profile: Mr Sheldon Teare

Position title:
Conservator
Section:
Materials Conservation & Analytical Resources
Phone:
+612 9320 6419
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I work as an Objects Conservator across the Museums Collections, but specialize in Natural Sciences Collection materials. I coordinate and undertake the majority of Natural Sciences conservation treatments within the department.

I joined the Materials Conservation department in April 2010. So far I have worked across the Natural history and Cultural collections on a number of conservation projects. Before I started at the Australian Museum I was part of the Conservation department at Museum Victoria, working mainly with ethnographic, social history, and decorative arts collection materials. I trained as a conservator at the University of Melbourne and specialized in objects conservation.

Before working as a professional conservator I volunteered in a number of conservation labs, in both Australia and New Zealand. My previous studies were in Classical Studies, focusing on art and history of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a large Archaeology component. I have a strong interest in Natural Science, especially Biological Anthropology and Archaeozoology, which comes in handy here when working with natural history collections.

Current projects:

  • Lead Conservator preparing Deep Oceans exhibition and tour
  • Overseeing the careful pack up of collection material in the Birds of Paradise exhibition for interstate tour
  • Carrying out detail conservation analysis and treatment for a number of commercial projects

Qualifications

Masters of Arts in Cultural Materials Conservation - The University of Melbourne 2008

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Classical Studies - The University of Otago 2006

Professional Memberships

  • Committee Secretary, New South Wales Division, Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) 2012 - present
  • Committee Member (General, New South Wales Division), Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) 2010 - 2012
  • Committee Member (General, Victoria Division), Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) 2009 - 2010
     
  • Professional Member, Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials (PMAICCM) 2013 - current
  • Member, Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) 2007 - current
  • Member, Institute of Conservation (ICON) 2008 - current
  • Member, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) 2010-current