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People and Places—September 2019

The Paper Team has been working on a number of projects including the preparation of works for an exciting upcoming exhibition, Here we are, focusing on works of contemporary female artists within the collection. Analiese Treacy has also been busy preparing works for the upcoming 50 years of Kaldor...

Meet a Conservator—Samantha Shellard

Growing up, my interest in conservation was sparked by reading featured articles from our National Geographic Magazine collection. These included the disaster recovery from the Florence flood and the use of technology to capture the restoration process of the Sistine Chapel.

Tips, Tricks & Tools: AICCM NSW Members share their top trade secrets

On Tuesday 11 June, 20 conservators met in the beautiful lab space at Preservation Australia to listen and share ideas on conservation tips, tricks and special tools.

Simple sustainability practices in Conservation – What can you do?

Here at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) we are not just about sustainability of our oceans and waterways, we think about landlubbers too. With sustainability being a part of our world, there are ways we can reduce what we throw away to prevent more material going into landfill.

3D Scanning Western Australian Museum Artefacts

3D scanning and 3D printing have opened up a range of new opportunities in the museum sector. Although the use of 3D scanning in museums is still in its infancy, applications include visitor engagement opportunities, the improved digitisation of records, and aiding in the preservation and...

NZCCM National Conference: Modern and Contemporary Materials: Research, Treatment, and Practice

From across the ditch … ‘Modern and Contemporary Materials: Research, Treatment, and Practice’Date: 23–25 October 2019Venue: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

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.

Student Conservators @ Melbourne internships update

As part of the curriculum at the University of Melbourne’s Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation course, students are required to go out into the world and obtain work experience at heritage institutions across Australia.