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Member Update from AICCM

We would like to update you on the actions that the AICCM is taking in response to the current pandemic. We're also looking for ways to support our members, please let us know if you have ideas of how we could best do this. 

President’s Report—March 2020

The AICCM hit the ground running with Executive returning early from leave to initiate a response to the bushfire crisis with Blue Shield Australia (BSA). AICCM has joined a roundtable of representatives from GLAM Peak Bodies,

Snapshots of an online community: A survey of the ‘Emerging Conservators Australia’ Facebook Group

The Emerging Conservators Special Interest Group is AICCM’s newest SIG. The group began as an online network for new conservation professionals in Australia, created by Fran Paterson in 2016, run through the Emerging Conservators Australia Facebook group.

People and Places—March 2020

The Conservation department at the National Gallery of Australia has been persevering through the several natural disasters that have hit the ACT, including bushfire smoke and hail. Staff have devoted a lot of time to assessing the risk of smoke damage and undertaking research and analysis on the...

In Remembrance: James Mollison AO

ames Mollison AO passed away at his home in North Melbourne on 19 January aged 88. James was an education officer at the National Gallery of Victoria early in his working life, then Director of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, and then founding Director of the new Australian National Gallery (now...

David Hallam

I did not know David well, but our various encounters over the years were memorable most notably for his great generosity of spirit. He had an extraordinary enthusiasm for tackling the challenges that conservation projects regularly throw at conservators. He clearly delighted in working through...

Farewell David Hallam

The recent sudden passing of David Hallam has come as sad news to the many individuals who had worked with him. For me the loss is very direct, for he was the conservator who found employment for me before I had graduated, and continued his mentorship until his untimely passing.

David Hallam: Conservator extraordinaire

David was a visionary, but one with a practical twist … a staunch advocate for the scientific conservation of cultural materials … a valued collaborator … and a steadfast friend.

Meet a Conservator: Dr Ian MacLeod

The advertisement for studying corrosion of shipwreck materials caught my eye and I got the job in the WA Museum Materials Conservation Laboratories in Fremantle in 1978, starting on my 30th birthday.

AICCM Western Australian Division News

Claire Rowson has resigned from her position at the Perth Mint after nearly 8.5 years and, whilst sad to be leaving WA, is excited to be taking up a Sydney-based position with ICS, commencing in March.