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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.

Save Some Dates!

Next year the AICCM is hosting four important events. First off the rank is the AICCM Textiles SIG Symposium, “Fibre to Fabric, Fur, Feather and Finishes” 4th to the 6th February 2019.

Register now for FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation

Registration is now open for the symposium, FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation: Symposium 2. The symposium will be held from 3-5 April at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Register now for the 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials conference!

Join us at Melbourne Museum November 20-23 for four days of talks, panel discussions, seminars, posters, slide shows and tours.

Meet A Conservator—Kasi Albert

I originally began studying a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, before majoring in European history. In my honours year a museum studies course was offered and I remember watching a documentary about the Historic Royal Palaces in the UK. The conservators looked like they were doing some pretty...

President’s Report—September 2018

It is time for the AICCM bi-annual membership survey. The inaugural survey was in 2016 and now we will be able to start comparing data over time. The purpose of the survey is to register the priority of the AICCM against membership interest.

President’s Report—June 2018

I would like to say a big welcome from the AICCM National Council and membership to Rose Maurice, our new editor of the E-News! Rose is currently studying the Masters of Cultural Material Conservation at the University of Melbourne and has experience writing for publications such as Beat magazine.

Reminiscences from Ian Batterham, the outgoing Newsletter editor

I remember the moment I agreed to take on the Newsletter. It was at the National Council Face-to-Face meeting in 2012. Fiona Tennant from ICS had been editing the Newsletter for a long time (and doing a brilliant job!) and felt it was time to pass it on – new blood, new perspective and all that.