Samantha Fabry


Dr. Suzanne MacLeod – Director and Head of School, Museum Studies Department Leicester University

Research interest/area

The aim of my study is to investigate the 1972 World Heritage Convention against World Heritage Sites and those collections which are highly significant in highlighting the tangible and intangible connections between them. The research will be undertaken through investigating 3 sites which hold collections that contribute towards emphasizing the importance of these sites both on a local, national and international level.

Academic/career achievements

  • PhD Candidate - Leicester University – (Awarded Scholarship by Research). 2010 – 2016.
  • Masters in Cultural Heritage Management - Deakin University.
  • Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies - Deakin University.
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Art History) - Melbourne   University.
  • B/A in Applied Art, Majors – Graphic Design and Photography, Deakin University.

I am currently the Collections Manager at Freemasons Victoria in which I am responsible for the management, conservation and interpretation of the Freemasons Victoria Library and Museum Collection. I responsible for the welfare of this collection as it gets prepared for relocation and storage in another building offsite. I work very closely with other Lodges throughout Victoria in maintaining a “best practice” approach to collection care through providing training and support. I support students and graduates from various Universities, and work closely with other conservators, curators, and other collection and museum professionals.

Worked as a Director of a private firm in Malta for over 10 years in which I worked closely with various NGOs, Councils and architects on projects geared towards building and landscape conservation and interpretation. Also collaborated with various European countries during this time on EU projects focused towards heritage conservation.

Worked as a Curator at Hyde Park Barracks and Susannah Place Museum at Sydney Living Museum (previously known as the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales) in which I was responsible for exhibitions and budget control, forward plans and the conservation of these of these sites working closely with staff and volunteers.

Personal Grants and Scholarships

  • Leicester University, Museum Studies Department, Research Scholarship 2010-2016
  • Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and the Malta Arts Fund, Museum 2011, November 2011– Taipei, Taiwan,
  • Grundtvig Long Life Learning Scholarship - Victoria & Albert Museum, London, October 2011,
  • ICOM Getty Grant Scheme - Annual Conference June UNESCO Paris 2011,
  • ICOM Getty Grant Scheme - AGM Shanghai November, 2010
  • MCCA, Malta Arts Fund – Art, Architecture and the Moving Image Conference, 2010
  • ICOM Grant Scheme - ICOM Malta and ICMS joint Conference, Safeguarding Our Cultural Heritage Conference, 15th-17th May, 2009

Conference presentations and lectures 2009-2014

  • Significance Assessment - Lodge of Research – 2014
  • Museums Australia (Vic) – Conference Warrnambool – May 2014
  • RMIT – June 2013 – Global Cities: The People and the Planet 2013 Conference, 2-4 July, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • University of Malta – Lecturer – MA Cultural Management Course – International Charters and Conventions - Intangible Heritage
  • MCAST (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology) – Developed and Lectured – Heritage Management Course.
  • I have also presented at the following museum and culturally led lectures, seminars and conferences through the following Universities and organisations.
  • Taipei, Taiwan -  16th-18th November, 2011 Museum 2011 Conference (Leicester University and Taipei University)
  • Shanghai. China – 2010 ICOM Annual General Meeting (Leading museum professionals from around the world).
  • University of Malta – Malta Masters Cultural Heritage Management
  • MCAST (Malta College of Arts Science and Technology) - Malta
  • Deakin University, Melbourne Australia – Heritage Enterprise ,“Conservation and Restoration of Maltese Buildings”- February 2005
  • Hobsons Bay City Council – Melbourne Australia
  • Heritage Management – MCAST Naxxar Campus
  • University of Malta – Heritage Management
  • Specialized lectures on Valletta/Cottonera for Tayside Building Preservation Trust and Dundee University students – European Conservation stream
  • Public Lectures on Heritage Conservation and Colonial Heritage

 Current Committees

  • Museums Australia (VIC) Executive Committee
  • Blue Shields Australia (BSA)
  • ICOM Australia – General Member

Previous Committees

Held the position ICOM Malta Chair between 2008-2012 during this time I organised and coordinated the following projects:

  • Developed and organized DEMHIST (Historic Houses Trust – France) International Workshop 2006 which was held in Malta in conjunction with the Executive Committee and ICOM Malta. Over 70 historic house museum professionals came together to discuss, Historic House Museums and their future into the 21st Century.
  • Developed and organized collaborative project between ICOM Malta and International Committee of Museum Security, Collections At Risk: Safeguarding our Cultural Heritage – Valletta Malta 15th-17th May, 2009. International professionals from various famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum came together to discuss security issues which affect small based museums and private houses. 
  • Developed and organized the 2010 International Conference on Contemporary Art, Architecture and the Moving Image which will be held in Malta on the 15th October. International Speakers include Architect and Designer, Architect and Designer Stephen Greenberg, Director of Metaphor. Senior Curator Mr. Julius Bryant Victorian and Albert Museum.
  • Assisted with the 2011 International Conference for the International Committee of Fine Arts in conjunction with Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti



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