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Colin Macgregor Retires

After 30 years at the Australian Museum, Colin Macgregor has decided to make use of his Long Service Leave before retiring from the institution. Colin’s last day was 3 May.

Making Ghosts: TMAG Military Uniform Project

As a first-year conservation student, I was unprepared for the moment I found myself wondering whether being haunted was a potential occupational hazard. I had just hung a heavy WWII frockcoat on a hanger covered by a custom-made Ethafoam bust, and stepped back to assess its fit.

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.

AICCM Tas Division News

On Friday 17 May the AICCM Tasmanian Division met at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Our host, Amy Bartlett, generously provided morning tea followed by a tour of the current exhibition Marjorie Bligh: Domestic Goddess.

People and Places—June 2019

After a very busy five-year period commemorating various First World War centenaries, the Australian War Memorial’s conservation staff are taking a moment to catch our collective breath and address all those routine jobs that have been neglected lately, before we plunge headlong into a major 10-...

Students and graduates from The Grimwade Centre at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, 18–19 May 2019

Back to Bathurst

We’ve all got them. A box full of photographs waiting to be pulled out and rehoused on a rainy day; personal treasures wrapped in tissue at the back of a drawer.

University Update—Student Conservators @ Melbourne

AGM Back in March we kicked off the new student year with our AGM. It was a great chance for students from the different cohorts to meet and mingle (and grab some sage advice), and after a round or two and the usual formalities, our new committee was elected.

President's Report—June 2019

The Committee addressed the concerns raised in the AICCM submission, such as the impact of efficiency dividends on cultural institutions. It was found that the efficiency dividend and targeting has resulted in cultural institutions struggling to complete core business in addition to growing their...