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AICCM members at the WA 2018 AGM

AICCM Western Australian Division News

The conservation team at the State Library of Western Australia have been working on the preparation and installation of items for Cicada, an exhibition featuring the new children’s book from multi-award winner Shaun Tan. 

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...

People and Places—March 2019

The time-based art conservation team, including conservators Asti Sherring and Carolyn Murphy, have been busy organising 'Towards a flexible future: managing time-based media artworks in collections', Tuesday 4th June – Friday 7th June 2019. The 4-day event includes a half-day symposium

Q&A with Jonathan Kemp

Elizabeth Gralton interviews the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation new academic staff member, Dr. Jonathan Kemp. What originally motivated you to become a conservator?

Glove Recycling at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has started to recycle disposable gloves through the Zero-Waste-Box program created by TerraCycle. All nitrile, vinyl, latex and plastic gloves are collected and will be turned into new recycled plastic products.

3D Printing a Replica Frame: A First in Australia

This report aims to share an experiment where a reproduction of a 19th century ornate gilt frame was 3D-printed for the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

Report from Preventive SIG on Managing Risks to Collections Conference

I am pleased to report the success of the ‘Managing Risks to Collections’ conference in Melbourne, jointly presented by the Preventive Conservation SIG and the Sustainable Collections Committee.

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-...

An Interview with IIC President Julian Bickersteth

On Monday 28th of January 2019 at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Julian Bickersteth was elected as President of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC). This is the first time that an Australian has held this role.