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Making Ghosts: TMAG Military Uniform Project

As a first-year conservation student, I was unprepared for the moment I found myself wondering whether being haunted was a potential occupational hazard. I had just hung a heavy WWII frockcoat on a hanger covered by a custom-made Ethafoam bust, and stepped back to assess its fit.

Students and graduates from The Grimwade Centre at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, 18–19 May 2019

Back to Bathurst

We’ve all got them. A box full of photographs waiting to be pulled out and rehoused on a rainy day; personal treasures wrapped in tissue at the back of a drawer.

Australian Music Vault Choir Project: Preservation through performance with Sophia Exiner

The Australian Music Vault (AMV) has launched its Choir Project as a part of its Learning Program, engaging local arrangers to make iconic Australian songs choir-ready with arrangements and backing tracks freely available to school and community choirs.

Letters to a New Conservator

As part of the lead-up to the AICCM 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium, the organising committee asked some conservators of note to reflect on how our profession and our work has changed over the years. What advice would you give to someone starting out now?

Costume worn by Dame Joan Sutherland in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia, The Australian Opera, 1977, Gift of Opera Australia, 2018, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Collection

The Dame Joan Sutherland Costume Collection Acquisition

The Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM) receives most of its acquisitions for the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) through donation. In 2018 APAC received the donation of The Dame Joan Sutherland Costume Collection.

Stories in Storage: Working at the RSL LifeCare Narrabeen War Museum

Objects in museums are often defined by a neat little label bearing a list of adjectives: A name, an artist, a year, a medium and a donor. Perhaps augmenting this label is a more information on the artist or exhibition at the entrance of the space.

Carolyn McLennan, Freelance Conservator, supporting people caring for collections in regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory

Reinvigorating the MECA Collection

The past two months I’ve been working with the Milingimbi Community preparing 58 bark paintings and 12 objects from their Milingimbi Educational and Cultural Association (MECA) collection for an exhibition Reinvigorating the MECA Collection next March at the Charles Darwin Universi

The Student Team for RE-ORG Bathurst: (Left to Right) Elizabeth Gralton, Lisa Jacomos, Dan Schwartz, Kate Ritchie

Re-Org Bathurst

AICCM related activities continue in Bathurst with support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Bathurst Regional Council, and the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.

H8VR: Digital Renaissance

About four or five years ago at a conference session on directions for conservation at a Museums conference in Sydney I found myself presenting after ICS Sydney Director, Julian Bickersteth.

Student Engagement: Bathurst heritage collections

In April and May 2018, Grace Barrand and I travelled to Bathurst NSW to work with the Bathurst Regional Council collections. As student conservators, we went to Bathurst as part of a Student Engagement Grant from the University of Melbourne and a collaboration with the Bathurst Council.

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