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  • 26 Jul 2021 9:58 AM | Genevieve Silvester (Administrator)

    Only one copy of each title - so act quickly to secure your chosen books

    In association with Archetype, we are selling some older and out-of-print books from the IIC office. Please see the list of titles and their prices in GBP below. The books are sold on a first come, first served basis, we only have one copy of each.

    If you would like to buy a title please email info@archetype.co.uk with your shipping address. You will then receive a link to order the title, payment via credit card or Paypal only. Books ship internationally, and you will see the costs for this at checkout.

    Further details of each title are also listed here on Archetype's website - this will gradually be updated as titles are sold, but not necessarily immediately, so listing isn't a guarantee that a title is still available.

    We wish you luck in getting the titles that you want, and hope you enjoy owning a classic from conservation history.

    The book list

    For more information (ISBN, publisher and format) on the titles below please visit the Archetype website.

    Paper and Books
    Conservation of Manuscripts and Paintings of South-east Asia. Agrawal, 1994 £80
    Conservation of Library and Archive Materials and the Graphic Arts.   Petherbridge, 1987  £50
    Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities – Vol 1. Kühn, 1986  £150

    Architectural Conservation
    Historic Floors. Their Care and Conservation. Fawcett, 2001 £80
    Conservation of Historic Buildings. Feildon, 1982 £70
    A History of Architectural Conservation. Jokilehto, 1999 £50

    Museology and Preventative Conservation
    Manual of Housekeeping.  2008  £80
    Manual of Curatorship. A Guide to Museum Practice. Thompson, 1984  £80
    Safety in Museums and Galleries. Howie, 1987 £20
    The Museum Environment.  Thomson, 1986  £40

    Conservation Chemistry
    Chemical Principles of Textile Conservation. Timár-Balázsy & Eastop, 1998     £55
    The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects. Mills & White, 1987 £75

    Object Conservation
    Lacquer, Technology and Conservation.  Webb, 2000  £80
    Conservation of Furniture.  Rivers & Umney, 2003  £80
    The Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art. Treatment, Repair, Restoration. Plenderleith& Werner, 1971  £75
    The Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art. Treatment, Repair, Restoration. Plenderleith, 1969  £30
    Artifacts.  Hodges, 1971 £20
    Conservation and Restoration of Ceramics. Buys& Oakley, 2002 £75
    Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities – Vol 1. Kühn, 1986  £150

    Textile Conservation
    The Textile Conservator’s Manual.  Landi, 1985  £75
    Textile Conservation. Leene, 1972  £20

    Paintings Conservation
    The Cleaning of Paintings. Problems & Potentialities. Ruhemann, 1969  £30
    Conservation and Restoration of Pictorial Art. Brommelle & Smith, 1976         £15
    Artists’ Pigments c.1600-1835. Harley, 1982  £25

    Which Yet Survive. Impressions of friends, family and encounters. Mills, 2017  £20

  • 29 Jun 2021 8:16 AM | Nyssa Mildwaters

    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: aiccmbookpapersig@gmail.com

    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

  • 29 Jun 2021 8:10 AM | Nyssa Mildwaters


    Call for presentations

    We’re thrilled to announce the call for presenters for the 2021 National Digital Forum, which is taking place 16-17 November in Wellington and online.

    As NDF heads towards its 20th anniversary, it’s a great time to reflect on the past and consider the future as we enjoy the freedom of getting together. For 2021 we are looking for a lively mix of fresh presentations on all matters pertaining to the intersection of arts, cultural heritage and digital technologies. Basically, if it’s digital and it’s GLAM, we’d love to hear from you.

    The format for presentations this year are:

    • 20 minute papers
    • lightning talks (7 minutes tops!)

     If you need some inspiration here are a few suggestions to get your brain sparking:

    • Data sovereignty
    • Risk and failure
    • The interaction between museums and communities through digital platforms
    • Growing digital literacy in organisations
    • Universal access and inclusivity
    • Connecting the physical and the digital
    • The potential of AI

    Alternatively, tune into some of NDF’s past talks on YouTube.
    NDF is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and we welcome all perspectives that explore what this means in relation to digital work in the GLAM sector and beyond.
    The deadline for proposals is Friday 30 July 2021. Please submit your proposal here. All successful submissions contacted by Friday 16 August 2021.
    Please feel free to email the conference committee at conference@ndf.org.nz if you would like to discuss your proposal prior to submitting.

  • 30 Apr 2021 6:42 AM | Nyssa Mildwaters

    The ICON Book and Paper Group have announced the agenda and ticket sales for the #IconBPG21 upcoming conference are live. The conference will take place over four afternoons, from October 4th to October 7th, 2021, and will be held online on Accelevents, an all-inclusive and interactive conferencing platform.

    The Conference theme is Mod Cons: Modern Conservation. Modern Constraints. Modern Conveniences. 

    To view the conference agenda and ticket sales click here

  • 26 Apr 2021 9:21 AM | Nyssa Mildwaters

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    2022 Congress Announced!

    IIC is thrilled to announce the 29th IIC Biennial Congress 2022 will be located in New Zealand, in partnership with the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials (NZCCM) in Wellington, NZ. Also thanks to 100% Pure New Zealand and Business Events Wellington.

  • 4 May 2020 10:24 PM | Genevieve Silvester (Administrator)

    RACHAEL COLLINGE and RANGI TE KANAWA—Valerie Carson, Textile Conservator, passed away on Tuesday 21 January surrounded by her family in Whanganui. Valerie was so much more to us than just a colleague, we loved her dearly and will miss her terribly. Her presence is still felt in the lab, her hand writing still visible on our scissors and in our conservation files. Valerie Carson, Textile Conservator, lover of textiles, travel and tassels. She gave so much to us she is now part of our DNA. Valerie we thank you with all our hearts. Valerie was New Zealand’s first textile conservator and worked at the Museum for more than 27 years before her retirement in 2007. Her first contact with the museum’s textile collection was as a volunteer with the Wellington Embroiders Guild. Valerie also taught embroidery at Wellington College. She believed these practical skills and those of an ex-dental nurse gave her the hand skills required for textile conservation. She liked to say she went from conserving teeth to conserving textiles. While working with the textile collection to improve the storage conditions, she recognised that further conservation training was required. In 1979 she travelled to the UK, completing the textile conservation course run by Karen Finch OBE at the Textile Conservation Centre, then based at Hampton Court Palace. Her application to study was supported by Dr John Yaldwn and she received funding from the Interim Conservation Council, Historic Places Trust, The federation of University Women and a grant from the Mobil Environmental Scheme. Valerie spent a year away from her family and three children to complete her conservation studies. On her return to New Zealand she worked at the Conservation Unit at the National Art Gallery and Museum working alongside Jack Fry until the establishment of Te Papa. She worked across the collections caring for textile items in the social history collection, Pacific collection and taonga Māori. She particularly loved the kakahu collection and recognised the importance of this collection and the challenge of preserving the black paru dyed textiles. For this, she made possible, and supported the entire career, of a Māori textile conservator. She worked with volunteers, community groups and museum staff sharing her knowledge and passion for textiles. As a consequence textiles across the county have benefited from improved storage and awareness of conservation practice. Valerie recognised the importance of growing conservation and mentored many of us. She was so generous with her skills and time. Her mentoring was not just confined to conservation and the academic study of textiles. She was always concerned with our wellbeing. She was loving, kind and compassionate and so much fun. Valerie loved to travel and combined this with her textile interests leading a number of textile tours through India and following the Silk Route. Valerie developed a personal textile collection and many of the textiles were collected on these travels. More details on Valerie’s life and career can be seen at https://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2020/02/17/valeriecarson-1936-2020-the-pioneer-of-new-zealand-textile-conservation/.

    Photo credit: Valerie Carson in the Elgar room of the Colonial Museum, 1992. Photo by A. Marchant. Te Papa

  • 2 Apr 2020 10:59 AM | Genevieve Silvester (Administrator)

    Anna Whitehead: Wellington Regional Rep

    Anna has been your Wellington rep for 1.5 years. This year is seeing a large part of her role being involved in the Conference Planning Committee. Originally from Sweden and the UK, Anna is a book and paper conservator with many years in private practice. Since 2015 she has been conservator at Archives New Zealand in Wellington, with responsibilities for the care of the records of government including the  constitutional documents in the He Tohu exhibition. In her spare time Anna enjoys her rural living, her 11 sheep, 8 ducks and 4 hens, and is involved with the local Birds NZ group for which she writes a monthly column in the local paper about the awesome birds to be seen in the Wairarapa.

  • 31 Mar 2020 10:21 PM | Genevieve Silvester (Administrator)

    A Message From Your President 

    Kia ora tātou,

    In light of the new and rapidly changing situation that we are all finding ourselves in I just wanted to email you all on behalf of the NZCCM executive team.

    Firstly I hope that you and all your families and friends are well and taken care of. Conservation is a small and very friendly profession and I’m sure we all have friends and colleagues as well as families both inside and outside New Zealand who we are thinking about at the moment.

    At present our annual conference committee are continuing to plan for this year’s conference in October, and details of the proposed dates and calls for papers will go out soon. We are aware that a number of conferences have already been postponed, however, the committee and exec will continue to review the situation and the options available to us and keep you informed. Not only is our conference an important time from an organisational perspective but it is also a really important networking and sharing opportunity for us all and we are keen to find a way for this is continue in one format or another.

    In addition to this, the exec will continue to work on a number of projects that we believe will benefit all our members including improvements to our website, a workforce survey and advocacy. I am also working with the exec, a number of other NZCCM members and Tourism New Zealand to submit a bid at the start of May to host the 2022 IIC Congress in Wellington. More details around this will be in the forthcoming newsletter. That said if you feel there are things you would like us to be doing that we aren’t, myself and the regional reps are open to any ideas or suggestions you may have.  I can be contacted directly using the details at the end of this message.

    I would also encourage you help us promote the work of conservators across our website and social media channels. At a time when an increasing number of institutions are either temporarily closing or planning for closure (https://www.ndf.org.nz/covid19-and-nz-glams) it is more important than ever to remind people what it is we do and why its important. I know this may not seem a high priority and in comparison to people’s health it isn’t. However, I believe that we need to continue to promote conservation and its place in New Zealand’s cultural landscape at a time when funds and funding are likely to grow increasingly stretched. For any of you who are well but bored in self-isolation or having to work from home we would love any blogs or other content you’re happy to share. We will also be making efforts to share content and helpful resources from our conservation and GLAM’s colleagues overseas with you.

    Finally though this is a very uncertain time for many of us I am aware that those members that work as freelancers are likely to feel the affects of reduced spending and the postponement of projects most keenly. As I am sure those of you who are self employed are aware there is support available to you as part of the Governments economic package announced earlier this week, details of which can be found at on the Work and Income website. I am also aware that this might be a particularly difficult time for our self employed members from a stress and mental health point of view and I’d encourage you to reach out and talk to those around you or if needed to contact 1737 via phone or text if you need support.

    I am very keen to hear from our freelance members with any suggestions about what NZCCM could be doing for you in particular at this time. I would also been keen to hear about the impacts that the current situation is having on your business if you are happy to share that information as it will help us consider how best to work with allied professional groups around advocacy.

    Apologies for the long message at the start of the weekend but the exec and I did think it was important to let you know what the NZCCM is doing. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay well.

    Ngā mihi nui


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