Candace Richards

Assistant Curator, Nicholson Collection
BA (Hons) Syd.
Candace Richards

Candace Richards is the assistant curator of the Nicholson Collection, and has been part of the Sydney University Museums team for more than 15 years. Candace's research interests bring together ancient world studies with contemporary museum practice to re-evaluate how and why collections were formed and explore the ways archaeology and antiquities collections can offer new insights into human endeavor.

Candace is particularly interested in multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to research design and exhibitions, with a particular interest in reception of the ancient Mediterranean across time.

Candace is an archaeologist interested in Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology and has worked on research and commercial excavations in Europe and Australia. She is a senior team member of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project (Cyprus) and is undertaking her PhD on the prolific reuse of architecture in the area of Nea Paphos, Cyprus from the Hellenistic period to the modern day. 

  • Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology
  • Reuse and recycling in antiquity
  • Archaeology of board games
  • Digital humanities approaches to museum collections and archives 
  • The historic roles of women in museums and gendered approaches to institutional histories.
  • Finding Naukratis in the Nicholson Collection
  • Woodhouse Archive Flickr project
  • The ‘Hidden’ Women of the Nicholson Museum
  • Recycling Paphos (PhD research topic)





  • Carlyle Greenwell Research, Scholarship, The University of Sydney (2021).
  • The Leone Crawford Travel Grant, Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (2019).
  • Cultural Heritage Program Grant, ANSTO for project ‘Scientific Analysis of the Nicholson Museum's Animal Mummy Collection using neutron tomography’ (2017).


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