Book and Paper


The Book and Paper Special Interest Group represents conservators from a wide variety of backgrounds who share a common interest in the preservation and conservation of books and paper-based materials (such as:  prints, drawings, watercolours, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, graphic documents and archival materials). Traditionally, book and paper conservators have also been required to be familiar with a broad range of associated materials including photographs, film, sound and new media technologies — however these are fast becoming the subject of separate study as conservators choose to specialise in these fields.

The conservation of paper-based materials involves stabilisation through use of high-quality archival grade materials and minimally invasive techniques to preserve items as they currently are, retaining as much original material as possible. Conservation often accompanies preservation strategies such as appropriate storage, environmental monitoring, staff training, reformatting and security.  

The current SIG convenors are Analiese Treacy (Art Gallery of NSW), Jennifer Todd (National Library of Australia), Caitlin Knight (current student: MA. Conservation, University of Melbourne).

EVENTS

The Book & Paper SIG traditionally holds a Symposium in conjunction with the Photon SIG every 2 years, and regularly facilitates talks and practical workshops. Such events provide a valuable platform for the sharing of experiences and ideas on specific areas of expertise through open dialogues, practical hands-on experiences and round table talks and discussions. The Book & Paper SIG is currently in the process of developing an online forum where colleagues at all levels can exchange ideas, share practical information, facilitate open discussions, disseminate group-related news, post jobs & announcements and ask general questions.    

PAST SYMPOSIA

2018
The 10th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – Revisitation, 20-23 November 2018, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, VIC.   

2016
The 9th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium - Light, Colour, Structure, 10-12 October 2016, National Gallery, Canberra, ACT.

2014
The 8th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – On paper?  7-9 May 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

2012
The 7th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – 29-31 August 2012, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

2010
The 6th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – 17-19 November 2010, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.

2008
The 5th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – 23-25 July 2008, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

2006
The 4th Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium – 19 -21 April 2006, Wellington, New Zealand.  

USEFUL RESOURCES

WEBPAGE LINKS—AUSTRALIA

State Library of Victoria
https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/help/conservation-guides

State Library of Queensland
https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/how-do-i/preserve-your-collections

National Archives of Australia
https://www.naa.gov.au/information-management/storing-and-preserving-information/preserving-information

Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/about/our-work/projects/conservation

Museum of Applied Art and Science
https://maas.museum/research/conservation/

USEFUL WEBPAGE LINKS—INTERNATIONAL

CoOL Conservation Online
https://cool.conservation-us.org/

Northeast Document Conservation Centre
https://www.nedcc.org/

ICON – Book and Paper Group
https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper

Canadian Conservation Institute
https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute.html

FACEBOOK PAGES/GROUPS

The Book and Paper Gathering
https://www.facebook.com/thebookandpapergathering

ICON – Book and Paper Group
https://www.facebook.com/ICONBookPaper/

IIC – International Institute for Conservation
https://www.facebook.com/International.Institute.for.Conservation/

AIC – American institute for Conservation
https://www.facebook.com/aiconservation/

Need more information? Email the Convenors at:

analiesetreacy@ag.nsw.gov.au
jenniferltodd@outlook.com
ckk@student.unimelb.edu.au