Book and Paper

Paper Conservator, Analiese Treacy-Ruane at the Art Gallery of NSW

The Book and Paper Special Interest Group represents conservators who care for paper-based cultural materials including books, artworks on paper (such as prints, drawings and watercolours), archives, manuscripts, maps and plans, and parchment. Book and paper conservators have traditionally also been required to be familiar with a broad range of associated materials including photographs, film, sound and new media, although increasingly they are becoming the subject of separate study and treatment as conservators choose to specialise in these areas.

The conservation of paper-based materials involves research and analysis to establish the history, chemistry and technology of each artefact and its deterioration mechanisms. Conservators must be able to advise on, and carry out, activities such as applying suitable environmental controls and storage methods, the treatment of individual artefacts to repair and stabilise, consideration of the artefact’s future use, approaches to framing, and digitisation.

In conjunction with Photon, the Photographic Materials SIG, we hold a symposium every two years, and workshops from time to time. 

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Our activities

Plans are under way for the 9th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium, to be held in October 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia. Already we have a full program of fantastic papers covering all aspects of research, treatment and collaboration on all sorts of materials, and a great selection of workshops for delegates to attend – including a mounting and framing workshop for paper and photograph conservators, coordinated by our friends at the Conservation Framing SIG. Come along and join in the fun!

In May last year we held On Paper? The 8th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

With an interesting range of guest speakers, the event was open to the general public and was attended by conservators, researchers, historians and technical specialists.

Would you like to read the report?