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#137 Mar 2017
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In late February, the National Council held its Face-to-Face planning session at Museum Victoria. This meeting, held over a Friday and Saturday, is always a stimulating, enlightening, tiring and gratifying affair. Not only is it a chance to put a face to a voice (all other meetings throughout the year are held as teleconferences) but over the two days, we review how we’re tracking against the Strategic Plan and discuss key operational and strategic concerns of the organisation ...
On advocacy
My entire professional career has existed within the era of the Commonwealth ‘efficiency dividends’, which were reported on in the last AICCM eNews. These are effectively an annual budget cut, and have been the state of play for Commonwealth agencies for nearly 30 years. My sense of conservation and the cultural sector more widely has always been one of contraction, erosion, and pressure.
AICCM National Conference 2017

This year’s National Conference will be hosted by the NSW State Division and held at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba in November. There are limited places available due to venue size (120 total delegates), and there will also be further limits to the number of registrations at the discounted student price. Further information regarding the Theme, a call for papers, registration details and location/accommodation to follow.

The Shock of the New—Symposium Review
The two days of presentations on a wide variety of topics were anchored around fantastic keynote speakers, who captured the excitement, novelty and challenges of modern materials and media ...
Plastic Fantastic in the Archives! An investigation into the plastic used in 1930s leather-bound enclosures.
You will see that I have been dealing with a similar dearth of substantiated facts ...
in memoriam
Professor John Mulvaney—a belated farewell
Professor John Mulvaney died in September of last year. Often referred to as the “father of Australian archaeology”, many may not be aware that he also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Australian conservation profession.
Conservation of Chinese Folk Textiles at the Western Australian Museum
The Materials Conservation Department at the Western Australian Museum (WAM) recently conserved and analysed artefacts collected in the 1890s...
Who, what, where:
March 2017
Round up of conservation news, projects, social happenings and staff comings-and-goings from around Australia. "The team has been enthusiastically sharing the skills knowledge gained from the conference and applying it to collection material..."
A Golden Sponge: Internship life in South Australia
In 2015, the three cultural institutions of Shandong Museum, History South Australia and Artlab Australia signed an Agreement to enhance the exchange of personnel between them ...
A summary of ultra-violet fluorescent materials relevant to Conservation
The table below lists materials with published results of UV light examination from conservation journals and other sources, including personal observations...
Meet a Conservator: Gwynneth Pohl
As wonderful as it is to work on the ‘showpieces’—condition reporting for the British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects, for example—starting out desalinating over 100 nails in individual specimen tubes taught me that the less glamorous objects are just as important to the historical record and our understanding of the past ...
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