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Register your interest in becoming a mentor or mentee in the Emerging Conservators SIG new Mentorship Program!

A great opportunity for mentees to ask questions and receive valuable feedback on treatment, research, conference presenting, project management or other professional skills. Mentors meet new members of the profession and give back to the field by sharing their valued experience. They additionally receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points towards their AICCM professional membership.

The mentorship program runs for three consecutive months beginning in 2020, at a time that suits you, and requires a minimum time commitment of one hour per fortnight. The program requires mentees to submit a short proposal to your mentor, and a mentor/mentee acquittal on completion (see information below).

Registration for the 2020 Mentorship program is now closed


Mentors and mentees will benefit from exchanging knowledge and being exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking. We hope this program can expand each participant’s network and be the catalyst for longer-term relationships.

How does it work? Mentors and mentees are matched based on interests. The program requires a minimum three-month commitment, starting within the 2020 calendar year. After introductions and initial discussion, the mentee will submit a mentorship project proposal to their mentor for feedback. Once the proposal is finalised it will be submitted to the AICCM Emerging Conservators SIG for record-keeping. Throughout the project mentoring can include web chats, phone calls, emails, or in-person (if safe) meetings. Frequency is at the discretion of those paired, a fortnightly check-in with your mentor/mentee is recommended. All projects need to follow the AICCM Code of Ethics and Practice. At the completion of the project a short acquittal report will be submitted in order for the mentorship to be formally recognised by AICCM and to benefit the future development of the program.

How will mentees benefit? Mentees can develop skills is areas such as condition reporting, digitisation and archiving, conservation treatment, intangible heritage preservation, research and publications, lectures and presentations, environmental sustainability, business skills for private practice, project management and conservation management, or another project you devise.

How will mentors benefit? Mentors will accrue CPD points towards their AICCM professional membership. Feel good factor of sharing knowledge with mentees to build the industry’s professional skills base. Knowledge sharing may include feedback on practical treatments, theoretical discussions, developing research or presentation skills, or a project-based application e.g. digitisation, creating a WIKI, writing a paper, or assisting via a project management role.

Who can apply as a mentee? Students currently training in a cultural heritage program or emerging conservators in their first 5 years of practice. You must be a current member of the AICCM. Students choosing a treatment-based project need to have completed the Treatment 1 subject (Grimwade Centre, University of Melbourne), a similar subject at another course/university, or have equivalent practical conservation experience.

Registration for the 2020 Mentorship program is now closed