The Alexander Copland Award

The Alexander Copland Award aims to support and encourage Australian conservators of the future. Past recipients have used the $1000 prize to assist with further study, purchase reference texts, attend conferences and to develop further conservation projects.

The Award recognises excellence in cultural materials conservation. It is presented to the author of The University of Melbourne Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation minor thesis for work that advances the theory and practice of conservation.  The Award will be given to the student who achieves the highest mark in the subject, Minor Thesis – Conservation, during the year of the Award. 


2016: Rosie Cook, This is not a Kowangan: A case-study in community collaboration as conservation of a world culture musical instrument.

2015: Madeleine Roberts, Litigation and art authentication: adopting a legal-evidentiary framework in the collection and presentation of technical evidence.

2014: Michael Houston, The materials and techniques of the Railway Hotel (c. 1875) as a reflection of nineteenth century colonial Australian painting practice.

2013: Emily Noake, Adhesive formulation in the conservation context: a study of unexpected finds in repaired archaeological artifacts.

2012: Danielle Measday, Cultural Materials and Climatic Conditions: A Tool for Assessing the Impact of Environmental Stimuli.

2011: Lauren Keating, Study of Iron Staining in Archaeological Ceramics.

2010: Kasi Albert, Ceramic rivet repair: an applied study of the history, technology and conservation approaches.