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AICCM Vic Call for Speakers – Australian Heritage Festival event

The AICCM Victorian Branch Committee invites applications from potential speakers for a public event entitled ‘Stories from Conservation’, to be held on the evening of Tuesday 15th May, at the Melbourne Museum Theatre.

Meet a Conservator: Alice Cannon

At high school I was interested in both arts and science. Mum suggested conservation to me - a parent at her school was a conservator at the National Gallery in Canberra, so she knew it was a thing! I did some work experience at the National Archives and I liked that you also got to use your hands...

West Australian Division Update

The Western Australia state division is steadily getting into the swing of things for 2018. The state committee has had one planning meeting and another is planned for the near future.

Victorian Division Update

Vic Division started the year in celebratory mode with drinks to coincide with the Wolbers course being held at Museums Victoria in January. The new committee then met for a half day planning session on Saturday 17th February.
Circular Quay, Sydney, 1940s, "HMS 'Formidable' berthed at Circular Quay", dated: c.1945, NSW State Archives

NSW Division Update

New South Wales NSW Division claims it is still recovering from National Conference last year and is wondering how long this excuse will wash.

Easy-to-build roll racks

We recently had the need to reconfigure our material roll rack storage. The rack we had been using was an awkwardly shaped metal one with legs that proatruded too far forward.

Conservation of an 18th century fan full of surprises

The conservation of fans is challenging, having to take into account the variety and fragility of the materials used, and also the shape, volume and interconnection of the different parts.

From fabrication to conservation: Unlocking cultural and industrial heritage collections at the Perth Mint

Claire Rowson, as a numismatic engraver at the Perth Mint, explores many aspects of numismatic creation and conservation in her role. The main topic of her address at the WA Shipwrecks Museum on November 30 was die-making innovation and the consequences of this.