Briony graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 1999 with a Masters degree in Conservation, specializing in works on paper. She also holds a BA from the University of Melbourne (1995).

Briony initially joined the Centre in 1996 as a volunteer in the paper section. She was subsequently employed as an assistant to re-house archives and manuscripts from the University of Melbourne collections. Following on from her studies in London, Briony was employed as a paper conservator at the Tate Gallery for two years where her main focus was 17th and 18th century British watercolours. Since returning to Australia in 2002, Briony has been employed as a paper conservator for a number of institutions including the State Library of Victoria, the State Library of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2007 she rejoined the Centre where she is primarily involved in the treatment of works on paper from the University Collections, small public galleries and private clients.

Briony has a particular interest in artists' materials and has carried out research projects into the history of the graphite pencil and 19th century printing inks. She has also completed studies on leather efflorescence and enhancing the washing of paper. She is currently undertaking research into Sidney Nolan's printing materials.


Professional member, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)


  • 1996 Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
  • 1996 The Annie, Jean and Dorothy Lamont Travelling Scholarship
  • 1997 The Queen's Trust for Young Australians


Journal Articles (*Refereed Journals)

  • Pemberton, B. and Melzer, E. 2010, 'A preliminary investigation into three aids to washing paper: XRF elemental analysis of paper treated with EDTA, TAC and ammonia', Contributions to the 6th AICCM Paper, Book and Photographs Symposium, pp. 58 - 63.
  • *Pemberton, B. and Nel, P. 2008 'Identification of a white substance on 20th century leather bindings', AICCM Bulletin, Volume 31, pp. 28 - 35.


  • Pemberton, B. 2008, 'Analysis of white deposits on paper and leather, two case studies', 5th AICCM Paper, Book and Photographs Symposium, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 23-25 July 2008.
  • Pemberton, B. 2004, 'Mounting and Housing of Works of Art on Paper', State Library of New South Wales, public lecture.
  • Pemberton, B. 2001, 'Making sense of a grey area: a look at the graphite pencil', Making Connections, 27th Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.