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Conference delegates on day one of the 2019 AICCM National Conference

Conference Musings

When our graceful president, Jennifer O’Connell, opened the AICCM National Conference, she asked us to keep an open mind during the talks. I’m glad she did because what followed were three days of some pretty eye-opening and challenging ideas.

Surface Treatment Strategies for Outdoor Painted Sculpture at the Getty Conservation Institute

In February 2018, I flew out of Sydney towards Los Angeles. I was heading for the Hollywood Hills to attend a week-long workshop on the Surface Treatment Strategies for Outdoor Painted Sculpture at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

AICCM VIC Division—the organisers of the 2019 National Conference—announcing the location of the 2021 conference...

AICCM National Conference Review — Stephanie Baily

The AICCM National Conference, Making Conservation, was held in Melbourne from 13 to 15 November. I’d like to thank the organising committee for their hard work, which resulted in three days of excellent presentations and conversations (and some extraordinarily good food).

Matthew Butler presenting the keynote for day three: Making Conservation Innovative

AICCM National Conference 2019: Making Conservation

I was excited to attend the 2019 AICCM National Conference entitled Making Conservation held on 13–15 November at the Pavilion of the Arts Centre Melbourne, and I am happy to say that the excitement was apt.

Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservation—A Review

Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservation, Gerhard Banik and Irene Bruckle, Second revised and enlarged edition, Siegel (Munchen), 2018. 634 pp.

From Melbourne to Roma: reflections on an internship at ICCROM

In April 2019, I commenced a three-month internship at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy.

Spring School:Recent Advances in Characterising and Preserving Photographs

In June 2019 I travelled to Paris to participate in the Spring School ‘Recent Advances in Characterising and Preserving Photographs.’ The event was organised by the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC), which is jointly supervised by the Ministry of Culture, the National

Workshop review: Towards a Flexible Future: Managing Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections

In June 2019, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) hosted a four-day intensive workshop to examine in detail the management of time-based media artworks in collections.

Ian MacLeod conducting in-situ measurements for the Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology. Photo by Alice Paterakis

Report on field work by Dr Ian MacLeod

As Europe sweltered, the Kaman-based Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology breathed a collective sigh of delight with temperatures in the high 20s rather than the high 30s, which made work in the field and in the un-conditioned conservation laboratories very pleasant.