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.

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.

If you’re not a member, and require access to The Bulletin, you can join right here and now!

Volume 40.2: Available online and print copy to arrive soon

The delivery of this hard copy volume is also delayed and was posted on 30 March 2020. We apologise.

Volume 40.2 includes papers that support the interdisciplinary focus of the AICCM Bulletin with a particular focus on Environmental Risk and these can be read via the link above.

Read now:

  • Nicole Tse’s Editorial
  • 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’
  • Book review of Sabine Cotte 2019, Mirka Mora A Life Making Art, Thames & Hudson, Port Melbourne, 263 pages. Reviewer: Thomas Dixon, previous Chief Conservator at the National Gallery of Victoria from 1984-2006
  • Book review of Virginia Costa 2019, Modern Metals in Cultural Heritage: understanding and characterization, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 136 pages. Copyright: J Paul Getty Trust 2019. Reviewer: Dr Ian D MacLeod, Principal, Heritage Conservation Solutions

Volume 41.1 for 2020

For 2020, volume 41.1 will be guided by guest editors Professor Robyn Sloggett (, The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, and Dr Alison Wain (, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. They have been compiling a Special Volume on Cultural Materials Conservation in Australia: critical reflections and key issues in the twenty-first century. It is timely and exciting that the AICCM Bulletin will chart current strengths and opportunities within the profession and discipline cultural materials conservation, and its areas of special interest within Australia.

Papers are in review for mid-year online publication and hard copy delivery will most likely be delayed due to supply chains.

Volume 41.2 to be published December 2020

This volume will focus on conservation in the Asi­a Pacific drawn from conservators working in the region and our AICCM membership.

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

Like more information? Contact the Editor