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#136 Dec 2016
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Editor's Welcome
Welcome to the December 2016 issue of the AICCM Newsletter
What a busy few months we’ve had! We have reports from three SIG symposia as well as reviews of both the IIC in Los Angeles and ICOM-CC PMWG meeting in Amsterdam. On top of this there is a detailed report on the Conservation of glass in photography workshop. We’ve had an AGM since our last issue so we have some new faces on council—who are introduced to members. There are a variety of smaller items as well, including an editorial drawing members’ attention to the budget cuts affecting our national collecting institutions. Aside from this we have our regular report from President Mary Jo Lelyveld and lots of interesting information in the People and Places section.
Read and Enjoy!
President's Report
As December arrives a collective sigh goes up from conservation studios everywhere as we contemplate another year (almost) over and the incredible work we have achieved during the past 12 months… and confront the reality that there are only three more weeks to tie loose ends together and finish all those tasks on the ‘to-do’ list (eek!). Since this is the final President’s Report of the year I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals and groups that have helped to make 2016 such a successful one for the AICCM...
Editorial: Resourcing of our National Collecting Institutions
Critics of the efficiency dividend approach have described it as a blunt instrument, a false economy, and lazy budgeting. Applying such cuts to our national collecting institutions is beginning to have a profound effect of staffing and programs. These are small institutions with little fat and the combined effect of these regular cuts is really beginning to bite. Jobs continue to be lost and programs are being reduced or cut altogether...
Winners of the 2016 AICCM Awards are announced!
With a contribution to conservation sustained over a lifetime AICCM is honoured to award the 2016 Hall of Fame award to Ian Cook. Appointed by the National Library of Australia to train as its first conservator in 1965, Ian was the very first conservator employed by the Commonwealth Government, commencing work at the NLA in 1969. In 1985, Ian left the NLA to join the State Conservation Centre in SA, and became the inaugural director of Artlab Australia, a position that he held for 19 years.
Emerging Conservators Australia

Current students and recent graduates are invited to join Emerging Conservators Australia. We are a social group for new conservation professionals.  Our wish is to provide a supportive space that fosters ongoing learning opportunities, continuity of friendship and a sense of identity by connecting students, graduates and new professionals with the emerging and established conservation community in Australia.

Save the Date
The Canberra Craft Bookbinders guild are holding their 2017 conference, at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra 25 – 27 March 2017...
Cordless Backpack Vacuum Comparison
To assist in the upcoming maintenance of the new Australian Museum: Wild Planet gallery, I decided to contact my good friends at Museum Victoria to steal their ideas on a good mobile vacuum cleaner. What are good friends in conservation for?
An honour and a privilege—Ian Cook
To be admitted to the AICCM Hall of Fame is a wonderful thing—a wonderful honour. It is a celebration, not simply a personal one...
Event and SIG Coordinator Update
2016 has continued to be a busy one for events. In August Melbourne played host to the ‘Frame: Concept, History and Conservation’ symposium...
AICCM FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation
In August we held our first international frame symposium, generously hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria.
People and Places—December 2016
In the conservation studio our conservators are hard at work bringing some long-term projects to completion...
Incunabula Collection at the State Library of NSW
The Library’s talented team of book conservators have recently completed treating the Incunabula collection of over 200 books...
Revivify: The 14th AICCM Paintings SIG Symposium, 2016
AICCM SIG symposia are events that students and new graduates like myself revel in...
National Council—some new faces
The AICCM Annual General Meeting was held at the National Portrait Gallery on 28th October. There was a good turnout and a new council was elected...
The 9th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium
The 9th Book Paper & Photograph Symposium was held over a full week in Canberra’s changeable spring weather.
Workshop Review: Conservation of Glass in Photography
Most photograph conservators come to that specialism through the world of paper...
Update from Student Conservators @ Melbourne
Uur students are busily finishing up their assignments, presenting their thesis or planning for the summer ahead...
AICCM Tasmanian Division
The Tasmanian Division held its Annual General Meeting in October 2016 at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston...
AICCM Annual Report
The 2015-2016 period has been a very productive one for the AICCM. Read more from the 2016 strategic and financial report here...
Review of the 2016 IIC Congress
Saving the Now provided participants with a stimulating, thought-provoking programme of presentations, panel sessions, tours and posters...
A report from the Student Conservators for Timor-Leste
This year, students from the GCCMC were formally introduced to ‘activist turned archivist’ John Waddingham...
Student News
Conservation Treatment Project of the University of Canberra Sculptures
For the past four year, Bachelor of Heritage Conservation students at the University of Canberra have been getting hands-on experience...
Review of ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group Meeting
Can you imagine explaining a bespoke frame for three of Daguerre’s photographs at an international customs check point?
Meet a Conservator: Louise Bradley
I became addicted to museums in childhood with my first visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art. When I was a student at Parsons School of Design, NY, I worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and learned the layout of the building so I could spend every free moment looking at everything. So it was through my love of art museums that I was drawn to museum work...
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