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From Melbourne to Roma: reflections on an internship at ICCROM

In April 2019, I commenced a three-month internship at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy.

Spring School:Recent Advances in Characterising and Preserving Photographs

In June 2019 I travelled to Paris to participate in the Spring School ‘Recent Advances in Characterising and Preserving Photographs.’ The event was organised by the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC), which is jointly supervised by the Ministry of Culture, the National

Workshop review: Towards a Flexible Future: Managing Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections

In June 2019, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) hosted a four-day intensive workshop to examine in detail the management of time-based media artworks in collections.

Ian MacLeod conducting in-situ measurements for the Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology. Photo by Alice Paterakis

Report on field work by Dr Ian MacLeod

As Europe sweltered, the Kaman-based Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology breathed a collective sigh of delight with temperatures in the high 20s rather than the high 30s, which made work in the field and in the un-conditioned conservation laboratories very pleasant.

FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Symposium 2

It has to be a uniquely Australian experience to find oneself bush-bashing at midnight through subtropical rainforest with a single iPhone torch to light the way.

Unframing the Frame: Painting Conservation Student Reflection on FRAME

In April, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) Australia hosted FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Symposium 2, marking the second symposium organised by the AICCM Gilded Objects Conservation (GOCSIG) and Conservation Framing Special Interest Groups on this topic.

Conference Report for How and Why: Photograph Conservation Today

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend the conference How and Why: Photograph Conservation Today. I was very generously supported to attend by the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) Patricia Robertson Fund, having been awarded the 2018 Mid-career

Managing Risks to Collections—Student Perspectives

As a student and graduate, it can be difficult to find spare time and funding to attend conferences locally, interstate or overseas. As a recent graduate of the Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation, I was extremely fortunate to be one of the recipients of a student bursary provided by AICCM...

Reflections on IIC Turin — September 2018

In September, some 18 Australian conservators took the 30+ hour trip to travel to Turin. The attraction?

Review: Fluid Preservation Conservation Course

In November 2019, Transmitting Science held a weeklong course on Fluid Preservation Conservation in Sabadell, Spain. The course was taught by Dr. Simon Moore and John Simmons and covered a basic introduction into fluid preservation to more detailed presentations on preservation issues for fluid-...