The AICCM Bulletin is a hard copy and online peer reviewed journal produced by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) since 1975. In order to better reach our international audience AICCM has recently partnered with Taylor & Francis to provide our online publishing service. The Taylor & Francis Group publishes quality peer-reviewed journals under the Routledge and Taylor & Francis imprints which are available online at their website.

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The AICCM Bulletin publishes original and quality papers, including research reports, discussion papers, literature surveys, thematic bibliographies, summaries of research papers and dissertations.

The journal has an interdisciplinary focus and aims to:

  • Disseminate new information gathered about the materiality, nature, condition, deterioration and treatment of cultural collections within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Promote interdisciplinary research activity in cultural materials conservation;
  • Present a forum for new ideas and thinking with regards to conservation management, conservation ethics, cultural engagement, sustainability and wider professional concerns in the region;
  • Disseminate new information and novel methods to the conservation profession world-wide.

Two volumes are published each year in April and September online, with the hard copy arriving shortly after. AICCM members can view past and current AICCM Bulletin papers via the membership link.

General call for papers:

  • Submitted by 1 August — Published by April
  • Submitted by 10 January — Published by September

Papers may be submitted at any time during the year and follow the schedule above. Members can find instructions for authors, submission processes and past copies on this website and by logging in and visiting the AICCM Bulletin page under ‘publications’ and following the link to Taylor & Francis.

The Bulletin does not accept papers that have been published elsewhere, with the following exception: papers that have been presented at AICCM Special Interest Group meetings, conferences or workshops in the form of Pre-prints, Post-prints, articles or presentations that have not previously been peer reviewed. Acceptance of these submissions is determined by the importance of the research to the conservation profession, the benefits of it being published in a peer reviewed journal and clear reference to its earlier beginnings. Submissions are considered at the discretion of the Editor.

It is a condition of The AICCM Bulletin that, on acceptance of the article by the journal editor, copyright is assigned to Taylor & Francis.

AICCM Bulletin – Book & Paper SIG Special Edition – ‘The Bench and Beyond’

It has a been a time of rapid change in the conservation profession over the past 12 months. With COVID restrictions impacting institutions and businesses worldwide, the profession has had to adapt to changed working circumstances both rapidly and effectively. While these changes have been challenging, there have been some surprisingly positive outcomes allowing for international exchanges and sharing of ideas. Equally, periods of lockdown have offered opportunities for conservators to put pen to paper and write up successful treatments and methodologies conceived at the bench or have explored new ways of sharing with audiences the wealth of information that conservation provides about cultural heritage. Work- from-home for many has also provided new ways of thinking and opportunities that have changed the traditional constructs of how we define the role of conservators. The Book and Paper SIG invite both Research & Technical papers across a range of topics such as:

  • Fascinating bench treatments involving new techniques or methodologies
  • Innovative storage, rehousing or preventive solutions
  • Interesting or unusual collaborative projects
  • ‘Out of the box’ projects or ideas that can help shape the future of the conservation

To apply

The Book and Paper SIG Co-Convenors, Analiese Treacy, Jennifer Todd, and Caitlin Knight will be the guest editors for this special edition Bulletin. To apply, submit a 250 word abstract by the 7th of July 2021via email to:
Please indicate if you are planning to write a research paper (approx. 4000 words) or a technical paper (approx. 3000 words). Guidelines for written papers will be provided following acceptance of your abstract. Papers will be double blind peer-reviewed prior to being accepted for publication. For further information, please see the Instruction for Authors and AICCM Reference Manual, found on the Taylor & Francis Publishing Online website.


  • 7th July 2021 – Abstracts due
  • 16th July – Confirmation of accepted papers
  • 1st October 2021 – Full papers due
  • Anticipated publication date – April 2022

AICCM Bulletin – Special Volume, 2021 – Call for Papers -TIME-BASED MEDIA ART

Time-based media art is ‘a living and growing environment that is made of relationships. It is going to be a big challenge, as so many works are conceived now as something that changes’ (Luigi Galimberti, Tate 2017).

This special volume of the AICCM Bulletin aims to address how the field of conservation is adapting, evolving, and grappling with the preservation of works that are durational, performative, immersive in nature and have finite dependencies on technology; with the term time-based media art acting as superordinate for this expansive and fast growing medium. In 1996 Tate established Time-Based Media as a conservation specialisation, setting a precedent for the profession. Marking this 25th anniversary, this issue of the AICCM Bulletin will reflect on the past two decades of conservation of time-based media art in Australia and seeks to contribute to the sector’s knowledge in this area to support further development of the specialisation within the region.

The editors invite papers that address the key issues relating to the management and preservation of time-based media art through a critical analysis of:

  • The history and establishment of the specialisation of time-based media art conservation in Australia
  • The development of educational programs in Australia to support the emerging specialisation of time-based media conservation
  • The development and implementation of new approaches, methods and techniques to document, conserve and manage time- based media art works
  • The role of the conservator in facilitating a shift from traditional museological models of practice to the open transference of inter disciplinary knowledge across the sector

Proposed timeline

  • Submission deadline for abstracts: 8th February 202
  • Acceptance of abstract: 22 February 2021
  • Submission of fully written paper: 24 May 2021
  • The projected online publication date: August 2021
  • Print publication: September 2021

Please contact the Guest Editors if you have any questions about the Special Volume:
Amanda Pagliarino
Asti Sherring

Now online Volume 41.1, print copy soon
Papers can be read via the Taylor & Francis link

Congratulations to Robyn Sloggett and Alison Wain for their guest editorial of volume 41.1 of the AICCM Bulletin. Their guest editorial ‘Cultural Materials Conservation in Australia: Critical reflections and key issues in the twenty-first century’ maps current strengths and opportunities within the profession and discipline, and includes the following eight papers:

  • Amanda Pagliarino and Ainslee Meredith ‘Mapping climate change and risks for Australian cultural collections’
  • Marcelle Scott and Jennifer O’Connell ‘Sustainable conservation: linking conservation students and graduates with local communities to build a sustainable skills-based heritage preservation model in rural and regional Australia’
  • Jennifer O’Connell, Barbara Dabrowa, Jessie Firth, Lisa Mansfield, Frances Paterson, Malgorzata Sawicki and Emily Vearing ‘AICCM special interest groups—key issues for the twenty-first century
  • Carolyn Murphy ‘Physical object or variable, flexible, ephemeral and reproducible: the management and care of contemporary art collections in 2020’
  • Lucy Elizabeth Talika Welsh ‘The conservation of rock-art at Gariwerd: a response to recreational impacts’
  • Malgorzata Sawicki ‘New challenges for frames conservation in Australia: a pragmatic vision of future hands-on training’
  • Asti Sherring ‘Divergent conservation: cultural sector opportunities and challenges relating to the development of time-based art conservation in Australasia’
  • Susan Reynolds OAM and Trevor Matthews ‘Small museums — more tango than foxtrot (the salsa gets you nowhere!)’

Volumes 40.1 & 40.2: Available online and print

You can also catch up on previous volumes with:

  • Mary Jo Lelyveld’s paper ‘Foresight for cultural materials preservation: the role of environmental scanning in conservation’
  • Claire Rowson’s paper ‘Dollars and sense: Integrating significance assessment, risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis in conservation management planning’
  • Bronwyn Dunn, Robyn Sloggett and Wendy Draayers’ paper ‘A Conservation Overview of Gaps in Traditional Trade Skills in Australia’
  • Rosie Cook, Ioseba Soraluze and Lu Chien-hua’s paper ‘A whiter shade of pale: A case-study in treating water-damaged textiles in contemporary art’

The AICCM Bulletin Editorial Board


Dr Nicole Tse (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Editorial board

  • Ian Batterham (University of Canberra, Australia)
  • Tharron Bloomfield (Auckland Museum, New Zealand)
  • Dr Sabine Cotte (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Rosie Cook (Conservation Center, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan)
  • Dr Caroline Kyi, Wall Paintings Conservator, Australia
  • Amanda Pagliarino (Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art, Australia)
  • Dr Marcelle Scott (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr Catherine Smith (Clothing and Textile Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand)
  • Cobus Van Breda (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia)
  • Dr Alison Wain (University of Canberra, Australia)

Editorial assistants

Claire Grech, Eliza O’Donnell, Cheralyn Lim, Daniel Bornstein, Frances Lojkine, Emily Hornum, Margy Noble, Emma Dacey (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia), Fiona Bremner Nugo (Deakin Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies), Erina McCann (Tiaki Objects Conservation)

Like more information? Contact the Editor