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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 10 years. Her work is currently focused on the publication of research related to the opening suite of exhibitions of the Nicholson's archaeology and antiquities collections for the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Candace is also working towards new collaborative in-depth scientific research projects of the collections and ongoing archival research of the history of the Nicholson Collection and the participants in its formation.

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. In addition, Candace is currently working on the publication of the site’s recently excavated game boards.

  • Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology
  • Spolia, reuse and the archaeology of recycling in Cyprus
  • Board games in antiquities
  • Digital humanities approaches to museum collections and archives 
  • The historic roles of women in museums and gendered approaches to institutional histories.

  • Curator, Pharaonic Obsessions, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney. November  2020 – current.
  • Curator, Mediterranean Identities, Across the Wine Dark Sea, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney. November 2020 – current.
  • Curator, Roman Spectres, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney. November  2020 – current.
  • Co-curator, Animal Gods: Classics and Classification, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney. November  2020 – current.
  • Curator, Impressions of Greece, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney. November 2020 – current.
  • Curator, The art of Storytelling, Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney. July 2018 – February 2020.
  • Digital content designer/developer, The Sea and the Sky: Ancient Cypriot Art, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. February 2016 – February 2020.
  • Curator, Memento: Remembering Roman Lives, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. October 2015 – February 2020.
  • Co-curator, Children in Antiquity: Greece and Egypt, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. July 2015 – November 2017.

  • 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).

  • Salvemini, F. Lord, C. and C. Richards (2020) ‘Neutron Imaging, a Key Scientific Analytical Tool for the Cultural Heritage Project at ANSTO - Investigation of Egyptian Votive Mummies’ Materials Research Proceedings 15. 256-261.
  • Richards, C. (2013). The Pottery of Bylazora, 2008–2010: A Preliminary Typology. In The Bylazora excavations: 2008–2010, vol. 1. Canyon Lake: The Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research. 70-78.
  • Richards, C. Malmer, M. (2013). The stamped and inscribed finds from the excavations at Bylazora. In The Bylazora excavations: 2008–2010, vol. 1. Canyon Lake USA: The Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research. 95-100.

  • C. Richards (2017) ‘Personal Touch: Engaging students with Roman funerary inscriptions using the Nicholson Museum’s exhibition Memento: Remembering Roman Lives.’ Teaching History Vol 49, No. 3. History Teachers Association of NSW
  • C. Richards (2017) Reinventing Heritage buildings isn't new – the ancients did it too, The Conversation January 3 2017 - online access
  • Richards, C. (2015) Jack Lang visits the Nicholson Museum, The Hummer Vol. 10Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney Branch.

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Candace Richards

Assistant Curator, Nicholson Collection