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Who, what, where: Victoria June 2016

Conservation have been working on exhibition and digitisation programs, alongside the treatment of collections. As part of the treatment program, we are investigating a number of new materials for future treatments, including gelling agent gellan gum, SC6000 consolidant emulsion...

Who, what, where: Tasmania June 2016

On 29 April 2016 the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery celebrated its 125th birthday. To commemorate this milestone an exhibition showcasing early collections of science, art and history alongside contemporary artworks was opened...

AICCM Textile Special Interest Group symposium: Emerging Technologies in Textile Conservation

On the 19th May, forty six Conservators and allied professionals; some with a design perspective, and others from the museum sector met at Yaama Dhiyaan meaning “welcome family and friends” in Sydney for the AICCM Textile Special Interest Group symposium “Emerging Technologies in Texti

Colin Pearson—Personal Remembrances

Many of Colin’s former students, friends and colleagues sent personal memories and messages both before and after Colin’s passing. With their permission we include these here.
Colin Pearson at the time of his retirement in 2002

Colin Pearson at the time of his retirement in 2002

Obituary for Colin Pearson

On 17 April this year we lost a man who can rightly be called the “Father of the Conservation Profession in Australia”.

Dr MacLeod on the Dutch tall ship Europa, sailing from Fremantle to the Abrolhos Islands.

Dr Ian MacLeod Retires

Dr Ian D MacLeod, retired from the Western Australian Museum on Friday 29 April 2016 after 37.5 years. Ian started at the museum on his 30th birthday - 16 October 1978, as an ARC research funded electrochemist, looking at copper corrosion on shipwrecks sites.

Meet a Conservator: Catherine Nunn

I had been studying the Impressionists at school and I was enthralled that conservators could work with paintings in such a practical way, and also the conservators there seemed like really nice people too!

Nominations for the 2016 AICCM Conservation Awards now open!

AICCM AWARDS We all know someone amazing in conservation—now is your chance to celebrate that person's talents and contributions by nominating them for an award. This year's awards are:

Medal winner Professor Robyn Slogget with Mayor of Bathurst Cr Gary Rush

Professor Robyn Sloggett wins Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal

The recipient of the 2016 Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal, Professor Robyn Sloggett AM has been described by her peers as a contemporary hero of understanding and protecting cultural heritage both in Australia and internationally.

Vale Emeritus Professor Colin Pearson

Vale Emeritus Professor Colin Pearson, “Father of the Conservation Profession in Australia”, friend and mentor to generations of conservators in Australia and internationally.