Sheldon is Natural Sciences Conservator for the Life and Geosciences collections at the Australian Museum. He is responsible for providing expert advice and Conservation treatments across 10 collection areas totalling 20 million specimens. Sheldon has specialised in the care of Natural Sciences collections for 10 years and is a strong advocate for ensuring Natural Science collections receive the same status and care as other collections. He coordinates and undertakes the majority of Natural Sciences conservation treatments within the unit. Sheldon has been an active member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) for many years, he is currently a peer reviewed Professional Member of AICCM.
Sheldon is very proactive towards continued education and upskilling. He regularly attends AICCM Annual Conferences, presenting in Natural Science Conservation techniques. He has undertaken numerous international training courses in the UK and Europe to ensure Best Practise is employed across the Australian Museum collections. Sheldon has been an invited speaker at a Natural Science symposium and delivered Natural Science conservation workshops. He has served four years as AICCM NSW Division State President.
Sheldon trained as a conservator at the University of Melbourne, under the master’s program, and specialized in objects conservation. Previous studies were in Classical Studies and Archaeology, focusing on art and history of ancient Greece and Rome. Biological Anthropology and Archaeozoology subjects where pivotal in shifting interest towards Natural Sciences.
Having worked as an Objects Conservator across Museum Collections, Sheldon has a wide range of treatment and collection care experience. Before starting at the Australian Museum, Sheldon was part of the Conservation department at Museum Victoria. Working mainly with First Nations, social history, and decorative arts collection materials.
- Master of Arts, Cultural Materials Conservation
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Classical Studies
Grants, awards and scholarships
Professional Membership, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials.