Frankenstein analysis

Scientific services for cultural heritage and archaeology

A hub for science for cultural heritage and archaeology

Sydney Analytical boasts a comprehensive array of instrumentation, featuring state-of-the-art and non-invasive analytical techniques that enable new insights to be gained from items in museum and art gallery collections, as well as archaeological and palaeontological artefacts.

We have established expertise in the characterisation of items of cultural heritage with a broad suite of suitable equipment.

Our portable equipment for XRF, Raman, infrared absorption and macro imaging allows us to bring the equipment to the objects.  We also offer the capacity for detailed 2D and 3D mapping with our laboratory instruments.

We have an analytical space in the Chau Chak Wing Museum which allows us to collaborate with the Museum on scientific investigation of items in their collection.

Scientific analyses performed at Sydney Analytical will help both internal and external users to:

  • examine and identify chemical alteration phenomena
  • inform cultural heritage diagnostics, conservation and restoration
  • identify materials and methods used in the making of artefacts, which illuminate the history and stories that give life to our cultural heritage.

Our state-of-the-art infrastructure supports research and industry development in fields such as museum and cultural studies, conservation and archaeology.

Find out more about our cultural heritage work in this series of videos below, produced in collaboration with the Chau Chak Wing Museum.

drug discovery

Chinese Toggles

JW Power’s Femme à L’ombrelle

Sāmoan Siapo (Tapa Cloth)

Ancient lives: New stories

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Brochure: Scientific services for cultural heritage and archaeology

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X-ray fluorescence analysis and cultural heritage

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Dr Elizabeth Carter

Facility Manager, Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • +61 2 9351 3329
  • Room 229 Madsen F09
For more information
+61 2 8627 6903

Thérèse Harrison

Professional Officer, Museum Analyses
  • Room 229 Madsen F09