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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.

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?

Minor Thesis Projects—University of Melbourne

On the 24th and 25th of October, second year students of the Masters of Cultural Material Conservation gave presentations on their minor thesis research. The projects were diverse and thoroughly interesting.

SC@M 2019 round-up

In 2018, SC@M upped the ante to provide students with new workshops, excursions, a mentorship program, and of course the all-important biscuits for the tearoom.

‘The best Mum anyone could have wished for’ —Photo and caption courtesy of Robin Fort

Margaret Alexander 1935-2018

The AICCM is saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Dorothy Alexander, (known to many of us as Marg), on the 13th of November this year, aged 83.

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.

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.