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Applications now open—AICCM 2019 National Conference Bursary

The AICCM National Council is happy to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 National Conference Bursary. The bursary is part of a new initiative to assist AICCM members to attend the “Making Conservation” conference in Melbourne from 13–15 November 2019.

President's Report—June 2019

The Committee addressed the concerns raised in the AICCM submission, such as the impact of efficiency dividends on cultural institutions. It was found that the efficiency dividend and targeting has resulted in cultural institutions struggling to complete core business in addition to growing their...

Michelle Berry at Mawson's Huts, photograph by David Killick

Meet a Conservator—Michelle Berry

It was a bit of complicated road but when I was very young I discovered a book in the library on ancient Egypt and was fascinated by it. I think I was the only person who ever borrowed it but I decided from that moment that I wanted to be an Egyptologist or archaeologist.

AICCM Bulletin Update

AICCM Bulletin is accessible to readers via online-only sales packages with institutions and as part of our Social Sciences and Humanities Library and our Sport, Leisure and Tourism subject collection. As of 2017, all university libraries in Australia and New Zealand have access to the entire...

2019 AICCM Awards

We all know someone amazing in conservation—now is your chance to celebrate that person's talents and contributions by nominating them for an award. This year AICCM will be accepting nominations for the following six awards:

President's Report—March 2019

Welcome to the first edition of the E-News for 2019. We hope members are enjoying the latest edition of the AICCM Bulletin (Vol 39), which has now been released.

Environmental Guidelines Update

In December 2018 the AICCM National Council ratified the AICCM Environmental Guidelines for Australian Cultural Heritage Collections and endorsed the Heritage Collections Council Guidelines for Environmental Control in Cultural Institutions (2002).

Meet a Conservator—Lucilla Ronai

As an undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) majoring in printmedia, I was told my artworks had a 'museum aesthetic' (I'm still not sure if that was a compliment or not). Bolstered by that, and my determination to do electives on main campus, I signed up for an...

Award recipients: Holly McGowan-Jackson, Kelly Leahey, MaryJo Lelyveld, Margaret Sawicki, Sadra Zekrgoo, Sarah Babister, Melanie Raberts and Neville Quick

2018 AICCM Awards

On Tuesday 20th November the AICCM awards were presented at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy, Melbourne. It was the opening night for the 10th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium.

Meet a Conservator—Freya Merrell

I wanted to become a conservator before I even really knew it was a real thing. So, when I was younger I saw a movie you may have heard of—Titanic. I know you’re wondering how I’m going to tie this 1997 classic in, but hear me out.