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It has a been a time of rapid change in the conservation profession over the past 12 months. With COVID restrictions impacting institutions and businesses worldwide, the profession has had to adapt to changed working circumstances both rapidly and effectively. While these changes have been challenging, there have been some surprisingly positive outcomes allowing for international exchanges and sharing of ideas. Equally, periods of lockdown have offered opportunities for conservators to put pen to paper and write up successful treatments and methodologies conceived at the bench or have explored new ways of sharing with audiences the wealth of information that conservation provides about cultural heritage. Work- from-home for many has also provided new ways of thinking and opportunities that have changed the traditional constructs of how we define the role of conservators. The Book and Paper SIG invite both Research & Technical papers across a range of topics such as:

  • Fascinating bench treatments involving new techniques or methodologies
  • Innovative storage, rehousing or preventive solutions
  • Interesting or unusual collaborative projects
  • ‘Out of the box’ projects or ideas that can help shape the future of the conservation

To apply

The Book and Paper SIG Co-Convenors, Analiese Treacy, Jennifer Todd, and Caitlin Knight will be the guest editors for this special edition Bulletin. To apply, submit a 250 word abstract by the 7th of July 2021via email to:
Please indicate if you are planning to write a research paper (approx. 4000 words) or a technical paper (approx. 3000 words). Guidelines for written papers will be provided following acceptance of your abstract. Papers will be double blind peer-reviewed prior to being accepted for publication. For further information, please see the Instruction for Authors and AICCM Reference Manual, found on the Taylor & Francis Publishing Online website.


  • Deadline extended to 23rd July 2021 – Abstracts due
  • August – Confirmation of accepted papers
  • 1st October 2021 – Full papers due
  • Anticipated publication date – April 2022