Registrations to the 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium are now open. We hope you will join us at Melbourne Museum in November for four days of conversation and presentations, Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd November 2018.

The Symposium program will include up to thirty-five presentations by conservators and allied researchers from Australia and abroad. There will also be three significant keynote speakers and a range of fascinating panel discussions, workshops and tours associated with this event. The Symposium aims to provide a platform for academic papers and discussions on a wide range of issues, with topical sessions including:

  • Revisitation – revisit a treatment, a survey, a research project, a material, an idea, an era. How has it survived the passage of time, and what does that tell us for the future?
  • The Anthropocene – this proposed global epoch is defined by the beginning of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. What does it mean to be a conservator in the Anthropocene? What materials, practices and systems of the Anthropocene are affecting our work and futures? How will we need to adapt?
  • Black and white – from either a material or a decision-making perspective, there are bound to be shades of grey.

Also:Communities and Collaborations • Preservation and Collection Management • Materials and TechniquesBooksPaperPhotographs

Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum during White Night, 2016. ©Stewart Donn, 2016.
Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum during White Night, 2016. ©Stewart Donn, 2016.

This event is generously supported by Museums Victoria.

We’re still finalising the details and costs of the workshops and seminars planned for Friday 23 November. You can register for the conference now, and we’ll send out another notification when workshop registrations open.

For those who are planning how best to spend their pennies: one of the workshops planned to be held in conjunction with the conference will be the two-day Digital Print Preservation workshop with Daniel Burge, Senior Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute. This will run over the weekend following the conference, at the National Gallery of Victoria (cost tbc, but at least $550). There may be a repeat workshop the following week. The following week (26-30 November), the State Library of Queensland will be offering a week-long workshop with Ephraim Jose of the East Asian Conservation Studio, Seattle, to build a full-size karibari board (this is not an AICCM event; cost likely in excess of $1,250).

A draft program is available, please note the timing of sessions and talks may change as we jiggle things around so they best fit. You can download the program here.

Please note that it is essential for all participants including presenters to register.

Also, the conference committee understands that circumstances can change. At any point prior to the event you are welcome to contact us to nominate a substitute delegate. Due to catering commitments, refunds will not be possible if you wish to cancel within 7 days of the event.

We look forward to seeing you in November!


Full conference registration (Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 November)

Your registration includes all conference sessions (Tuesday-Thursday), coffee + tea on arrival and morning/afternoon teas (Tuesday-Thursday), the Tuesday night welcome reception, the Wednesday evening film night, and a conference satchel including a hard copy abstract booklet and a USB of extended abstracts. Lunch is not included.


You will also be able to enrol in a workshop, tour or discussion session on the Friday workshop day (23 November) – details to come. Note that some options will be free and others will incur an additional cost.

Day registration (Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21, or Thursday 22 November)

Day registrations include conference attendance (1 day), coffee + tea on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, and the conference satchel which includes a hard copy booklet of abstracts and a USB stick of extended abstracts. Lunch is not included. If you attend on the Tuesday or Wednesday you may also join the evening activity (Welcome Reception or film night, respectively).

Optional: Conference Dinner

Details: Thursday 22 November, 6:30-11pm, Grub Food Van (87-89 Moor Street Fitzroy). Note: not an actual van. Sit-down dinner and some drinks included. Limited to 60 places. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements in the online registration form.


Contact: If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Book & Paper or Photon Special Interest Group (SIG) convenors via the AICCM website SIG pages: and

November 20th, 2018 9:00 AM   to   November 23rd, 2018 5:30 PM
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Melbourne, VIC 3001

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AICCM Member Early Bird (up to 30 September 2018) $ 495.00 (includes GST of $ 45.00)
AICCM Member Late (after 30 September 2018) $ 605.00 (includes GST of $ 55.00)
Non Member Registration $ 770.00 (includes GST of $ 70.00)
Student/Concession Registration $ 330.00 (includes GST of $ 30.00)
Member Day Registration $ 220.00 (includes GST of $ 20.00)
Non Member Day Registration $ 330.00 (includes GST of $ 30.00)
Conference Dinner $ 84.70 (includes GST of $ 7.70)
Conference participant (speaker, workshop presenter, poster) $ 495.00 (includes GST of $ 45.00)

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