Marion graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008, with a Masters Degree (Conservation of Cultural Materials), specialising in the conservation of objects. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature & Art History, and a post-graduate diploma in Museum Studies.

Her early career was based in New Zealand, working in conservation, exhibitions and collections management for the Auckland Art Gallery, the City Gallery Wellington, and from 2004 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.  After 2008 she worked as a conservator at Museum Victoria for several years before undertaking a research role within the fashion and textiles department at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has expertise in collection management, condition reporting across all mediums, costume display, and providing conservation and historic advice for textiles.  She has experience treating shattered silks, samplers, 19th Century and early 20th Century clothing, textile embroideries, and large and small scale tapestries from the 17th Century to modern.

Marion has particular interests in aniline and natural dye history, early industrial textile manufacturing techniques, and dress history, particularly that of 19th Century Britain and Australia.


  • Australian Institute of Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)
  • International Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Work (IIC)
  • The Institute of Conservation (Icon)