• Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Event Description

The WA Branch of the ACA are excited to announce our first technical evening of the year, featuring a guest lecture from conservationist Alexandra Moir, on Latent Fingermarks and their impact on the corrosion of Metal Aritifacts in Cultural Heritage Institutions.

Metal artifacts form the base collection for many cultural heritage institutions worldwide. Throughout history, metals were used for a variety of decorative or practical purposes and subsequently, metal artifacts have been collected by institutions throughout history to act as tangible heritage. As all artifacts deteriorate over time, the ability of a metal to corrode creates a major preservation problem for institutions.

Latent fingermarks are the impression of skin ridge detail left on a surface after it is touched. They consist of a complex mixture of skin secretions and surface contamination and are a potential causative agent for corrosion on metal objects. Latent fingermark chemistry has been extensively studied for forensic purposes, however, in the context of the heritage sector, there is a significant knowledge gap in relation to the corrosive effects of latent fingermarks on metal artifacts.

Alexandra’s presentation will give an overview of the scope of this research, including a discussion of the significance and application of this research in preventing aesthetic and physical damage to these significant heritage artifacts. This should be a fascinating evening and a great chance to connect with the WA Corrosion community so we are thrilled to extend this invitation to our members, guests and the general public, be they corrosion professionals or those specifically interested in historical artifacts and methods for their conservation.

Guest Presenter

Alexandra Moir (Curtin University)

Alexandra is currently completing postgraduate research in Forensic Chemistry and Corrosion Engineering at Curtin University. Her research is focused on investigating the corrosion arising from the deposition of latent fingermarks on brass objects in cultural heritage collections. She holds a Master of Studies (Art History and Curatorial Studies, Museums and Heritage) from the Australian National University, Canberra, and a Bachelor of Science (Botany) from the University of Western Australia, Perth.

Alexandra has a keen interest in the heritage of Western Australia, including the conservation, preservation, and care of collections. She has extensive experience in the care of collections, museum studies, heritage management and conservation chemistry and is a proud advocate of museums, cultures and the arts and ensuring their ongoing sustainability and relevance in a modern society. This project forms part of her ongoing effort to develop correct handling guidelines for West Australia collections and promote knowledge of heritage collection care and metal conservation chemistry.


Registration Details

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Registration, networking, nibbles and refreshments

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Presentation and Q&A


Covid-19 Info

All attendees will be required to sign in using the SafeWA app.

Attendee Numbers are strictly limited.


Our Partners

The WA Branch would like to thank our Annual Partners for their support of our Branch



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Venue Phone: 08 92265544

Venue Website:

16 Milligan St, Perth, Western Australia, 6000, Australia

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