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Senior Conservator – Restorer of Upholstery

It’s unpicking the stitches to revive centuries of history

It’s being trusted to deliver. And it’s the satisfaction of caring for an irreplaceable collection. This is what makes a career with the Royal Household so different.

The collection of furniture spanning across our locations is truly diverse, with many unique and historically significant items. What’s more, it’s a working collection; many of the items are in regular use.

Application deadline: 
9 Feb 2020

IIC Austria 40-Year Anniversary: Generations in Conversation

The IIC organisation team and some guests of the conference. Image courtesy of Christina Schaaf-Fundneider.

By Christina Schaaf-Fundneider
This year IIC Austria, the only German-speaking section of the IIC, celebrates its 40th anniversary. On this occasion, an anniversary conference took place in Vienna on the 9th of September. The conference was held in the former University of Economics, now the alternative accommodation of the Academy of Fine Arts, situated in the 9th district of Vienna.

The Conservator’s Reflection: IIC 2019 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference

Publikum während der Podiumsdiskussion (Image: TH Köln - CICS - LOC - David Bijan Andree)

By Catarina Rocha Pires

The 5th IIC Student & Emerging Conservator Conference (IIC-SECC) was held at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS, TH Köln) between the 12th and 14th of September 2019. Previous editions of the conference series took place in London (2011), Copenhagen (2013), Warsaw (2015) and Bern (2017).

SARBICA International Symposium Rethinking Archives: Reframing Boundaries, Imagining Possibilities

Workshop on Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre. Image courtesy of the National Archives of  Singapore.

By Irene Lim

The annual symposium of the Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) is one of the oldest archival forums in the region. It provides a platform for the archive fraternity to network, share and learn from one another and to keep abreast of international developments in archives and records management, preservation and access.

Summer Conservation Internship Focus on Outdoor Sculpture (pre-program)

POSITION: Conservation Intern Summer (Paid) (pre-program objects)
AVAILABILITY: Summer 2020, Flexible, Mid-June 2019 - Mid-August 2019
FULL-TIME HOURS: 37.5 hours weekly for 10 weeks from 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM
FLSA STATUS: Full time, Non-Exempt
HOURLY COMPENSATION: $487/weekly stipend (approximately $13.00/hr.) to cover travel, food, and lodging.

Application deadline: 
14 Feb 2020

Students & Emerging Conservators: recent internship stories

Example of a custom-made Plastozote base with cutting tool. Images courtesy of Leah Humenuck.

We’ve been gathering recent internship reports and stories from students and emerging conservators. The quality and diversity of these projects is inspiring; it is clear these students are developing valuable problem-solving and hand skills that will intrigue even the most seasoned of conservation professionals. Many thanks to the students and emerging conservators who responded to our call, and to everyone else, enjoy!


By Leah Humenuck

Linked Conservation Data and Terminology: Modelling Workshop

Group photo of workshop participants. Photo by Gabriele Grigorjeva

By Athanasios Velios and Kristen St. John

On the 12th and 13th of September, the second workshop of the Linked Conservation Data project took place at the University of the Arts London. Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK allowed 30 participants to meet and discuss examples of conservation documentation and ways of abstracting them to produce unified data models for conservation. The workshop was divided into morning presentations and afternoon hands-on modelling sessions.


Bridging Conservation and Craftsmanship

Top image: Sarah Staniforth CBE was awarded the Plowden Medal in 2015 for successfully harnessing science and new technology to make conservation more efficient and practical as well as more environmentally friendly. Image courtesy of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.  Bottom image: Caroline Bendix has restored books in both private and public collections, often in situ, for more than 30 years. Image courtesy of Caroline Bendix.

By Richard Peck

Richard Peck is the long-standing Secretary at the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), which sponsors and awards the Plowden Medal each year. The RWHA also supports the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the crafts charity which supports talented craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds and so helps to sustain Britain’s cultural heritage. Here Richard explores the link between conservation and craftsmanship and why they are both so important.


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