Candace Richards

Assistant Curator, Nicholson Museum

BA (Hons I) Syd

Biographical details

Candace is the Assistant Curator of the Nicholson Museum, and has been part of the Sydney University Museums team for over 10 years. Her work is currently focused on the development of new research projects and exhibitions of the Nicholson's archaeology and antiquities collections for the Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Candace is an archaeologist interested in Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology and has worked on several research and commercial excavations in Europe and Australia. Most recently she is a senior team member of the Glac Project (Serbia) and the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project (Cyprus) and is undertaking her Phd on recycling and reuse of architecture in the area of Nea Paphos from the Hellenistic period to the modern day.

Research interests

  • Mediterranean and Balkan Archaeology
  • Recycling and spolia in Cyprus
  • Digital humanities within museums
  • The role of women in museums and the formation of collections

Current Projects


2018 Curator, The art of Storytelling, Nicholson Museum, The University of Sudney. July 2018 - current. View online.
2016 Digital content designer/developer, The Sea and the Sky: Ancient Cypriot Art, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. February 2016 - current
2015 Curator, Memento: Remembering Roman Lives, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. October 2015 - current.
  Co-curator, Children in Antiquity: Greece and Egypt, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. July 2015 -November 2017.

Grants and Awards

  • The Leone Crawford Travel Grant (2019), Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation

Academic publications


Richards, C. (2013). The Pottery of Bylazora, 2008-2010: A Preliminary Typology. In The Bylazora excavations: 2008-2010, vol. 1. Canyon Lake: The Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research. 70-78

Richards, C. Malmer, M. (2013). The stamped and inscribed finds from the excavations at Bylazora. In The Bylazora excavations: 2008-2010, vol. 1. Canyon Lake USA: The Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research. 95-100.

Other articles


Richards, C. (2017) Reinventing Heritage buildings isn't new - the ancients did it too, The Conversation January 3 2017 - online access


Richards, C. (2016) The Face of Osiris, MUSE 15


Richards, C. (2016) Sunsets and Sacred Places, MUSE 14


Richards, C. (2016) Grace Secrets, MUSE 13


Richards, C. (2015) Jack Lang visits the Nicholson Museum, The Hummer Vol. 10. Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney Branch.


Richards, C. (2015) Playing Pranks, MUSE 11


Jones, C. and Richards, C. (2014) The importance of being thorough, MUSE 8


Richards, C. (2013) Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose, MUSE 4

Richards, C. (2013) Zora’s Unlikely Inspriation, MUSE 6


Richards, C. (2012). Finding the Paeonians, MUSE