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Stitched with Love: Conservation of the Frederica Josephson and Lady Mary Fitzroy quilts from the National Trust Collection

National Trust Magazine, November - January 2016                                   DOWNLOAD PDF (944 KB)

Two important quilts made in the colony in the mid 1800s were recently displayed at...

Expert advice: What to consider when restoring a heritage home 

Domain, 29th September 2015                                                              LINK TO DOMAIN WEBSITE

Whether it's a well-preserved period home or a derelict site being rebuilt from the ground up...

'Our' German Howitzer is unveiled at Lake Wendouree 

The Miner, 26th August 2015                                                                           LINK TO THE MINER

Ballarat Mayor Cr John Philips officially unveiled a restored original German Howitzer 'short' gun...

Captured WWI gun unveiled at Lake Wendouree 

The Courier, 22nd August 2015                                                                    LINK TO THE COURIER

A German gun captured during World War I has been refurbished and is now on display...

Budget cuts to hit Sydney's iconic sandstone buildings 

The Sydney Morning Herald, 31st July 2015                     LINK TO THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Heritage experts have decried as "madness" a state government push to retrench a team of stonemasons...

Winton fire didn't hurt Rocky's priceless touring exhibition 

The Morning Bulletin, 19th June 2015                                          LINK TO THE MORNING BULLETIN

Rockhampton's multi-million dollar touring exhibition 'Cream: Four decades of Australian art' was never at risk...

The Magnificence of Charles Meere  

Trust News Australia, February 2015                                                         DOWNLOAD PDF (376KB)

The National Trust is fortunate to own two major 1930s Art Deco paintings by artist Charles Meere...


Renewal artworks help brighten Westmead Hospital

Hills News, 23rd July 2014                                                                             LINK TO HILLS NEWS

Artist James Wilson, of Castle Hill, and Ayesha Gillani, of Cherrybrook, were among the winners crowned...

Westmead Hospital Art Prize Winners 

The Sun Parramatta Holroyd, 14th July 2014                  LINK TO THE SUN PARRAMATTA HOLROYD

Redevelopment, renewal and revitalisation were the themes of this year's Westmead Hospital Art Prize...

ICS Sydney: Highlighting Private Practice  

The Condition Report, Issue 3, July - September 2014                                DOWNLOAD PDF (979KB)

Julian Bickersteth is a Sydney based private conservator who runs International Conservation Services...

Rylstone mural renovation an award finalist

Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong Advisor, 18th April 2014                          LINK TO MUDGEE GUARDIAN

The Rylstone & District Historical Society's conservation of the 19th Century mural at The Bridgeview Inn is a finalist in the 2014 National Trust Heritage Awards...


The 'Cream' of Rockhampton art to be shared with the rest of Australia 

612 ABC Brisbane, 16th October 2013                                 LINK TO ABC WEBSITE & AUDIO FILE

To see the best of Australian art you might think of galleries in Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney, but perhaps we should also add Rockhampton to that list...

Rockhampton modern art collection goes on nation-wide tour 

The Morning Bulletin, 15th October 2013                     LINK TO THE MORNING BULLETIN WEBSITE

Sydney art conservator Adam Godijn has given Rockhampton's cream-of-the-crop collection the tick of approval...

Uncovering the mural mystery 

Central West Lifestyle Magazine, Winter 2013                                            DOWNLOAD JPG (210KB)

Inside the historic Bridge View Inn, over the fireplace in what would have originally been the bar parlour, is a very special mural...

Things hotting up in our galleries 

The Australian, 23rd May 2013                                               LINK TO THE AUSTRALIAN WEBSITE

When the rain failed to arrive in the Top End this year, the director of Darwin's Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory developed more than a headache...

Mystery murals restoration at historic Rylstone inn 

North West Magazine, 20th May 2013                                                      DOWNLOAD PDF (1.43MB)

The Bridge Hotel (now known as The Bridge View Inn) traded as a public house from 1872 to 1895...

Makeover, switch to brunette for an elegant old lady 

North Shore Times, 15th May 2013                                                           DOWNLOAD PDF (798KB)

A gracious 400kg lady, the last relic of a ship from the 1870's, has been restored to HMAS Penguin, thanks to the skills of a Chatswood firm...

Makeover for HMAS Penguin's grand dame 

The Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2013                                     LINK TO DAILY TELEGRAPH WEBSITE

With rouged cheeks, a glamorous gown and brand-new breasts, a gracious lady has been restored to HMAS Penguin...


Elbow Grease Preserves History 

Rockhampton Mirror, 25 July 2012                                                             DOWNLOAD JPG (1.5MB)

There is a grand western tradition of honouring heroic leaders with a bronze equestrian monument...

Rylstone's Bridge View Inn painted mural 

History and Museums - Connecting!, 20th April 2012            LINK TO POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Rylstone's Bridge View Inn painted mural - mural conservation project... 

Mural renewal begins 

Mudgee Guardian, 24 March 2012                                                               DOWNLOAD PDF (374KB)

Work began this week on a two-year project to restore a mural in the dining room... 

Picture perfect restoration

ABC Central West, 22 March 2012                                                                LINK TO ABC WEBSITE

Restoration has begun on a 19th Century mural that sits above a fireplace in the Central West... 

Guidelines Paint Energy Savings 

North Shore Times 13th January 2012                                                       DOWNLOAD PDF (384KB)

One of Australia's leading arts conservationists is helping museums to cut costs...


Profile: Saving the Past

Eryldene Historic House Newsletter 2011                                                     DOWNLOAD PDF (346KB)

The early career of Eryldene's Honarary Conservator, Julian Bickersteth, took some interesting turns...


Move to restore Rylstone mural 

Mudgee Guardian, 19 November 2010                                LINK TO MUDGEE GUARDIAN WEBSITE

Rylstone Historical Society will apply to the State Government for heritage funding to restore... 

Chapel Restoration

SCEGGS Old Girls' Union News 2010                                                          DOWNLOAD PDF (423KB)

As can be seen in the photographs, over the last 84 years much of the timber had either lost its original protective layer... 

Conversations with Richard Fidler

ABC 702, 2 June 2010                                                       LINK TO ABC WEBSITE & AUDIO FILE

Julian Bickersteth was interviewed by Michael Peschardt on the ABC 702 program "Conversations with Richard Fidler" ...


Christ Church Bong Bong walls contain colours from the past

Southern Highlands Paper, December 2009                                            DOWNLOAD PDF  (183KB)

History is on the walls of the Christ Church Bong Bong and conservators have been working tirelessly...


Conservation News - Conservation of Historic Houses Trust dining chairs

National Trust Magazine, February 2008                                                  DOWNLOAD PDF  (130KB)

Early in 2008, the HHT was the recipient of a grant from the Copland Foundation for the conservation of seven dining chairs provenanced to the Wentworth family of Vaucluse House ...


The art of painting conservation - conserving WWII altar panels

Heritage NSW, Spring 2007, Vol 14 No.2                                                 DOWNLOAD PDF (605KB)

Ask any art conservator and they will tell you that no two projects are the same. Each project comes with its own unique problems and solutions...

Trash, treasure or transform? - House and Garden 

by Skye Firth, Textiles Conservator                                                        DOWNLOAD PDF (221KB)

House and Garden, August 2007 Issue

I inherited a quilt which was sewn by my great grandmother in...

Back home among the gum trees

The Sydney Morning Herald, September 20 2007                                     DOWNLOAD PDF (336KB)

ICS reinstalls the Lawson Memorial in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, after its return from the George Lawson exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra...

Olden craft a joint venture

The Daily Telegraph, September 17 2007                                                DOWNLOAD PDF (266KB)

"You can use machines to do a lot of what we do but the end result is very precise and it's almost too good". Warwick Bailey, assistant furniture conservator...

Gallery gadgets help Mona Lisa keep her smile

Sydney Morning Herald, June 22 2007                                                     DOWNLOAD PDF (749KB)

"Essentially you'll have a system that is electronically checking the location of every painting in the gallery every 15 seconds, a far cry from the traditional system of guards wandering around to check they're all there". Julian Bickersteth, MD of ICS...

Bouncer sends poet on his way

Sydney Morning Herald, May 30 2007                                                      DOWNLOAD PDF (539KB)

ICS were commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia to conserve and move 3 large bronzes to Canberra for the George Lambert Exhibition in 2007...

Quarantine Station Inscriptions

Quarantine Station Newsletter, May 2007                                                 DOWNLOAD PDF (1.35MB)

Conservation works to inscriptions within the Wharf Precinct has commenced and already the results are ...


'Preserving the art of conservation'

The Weekend Australian Financial Review, Dec 9-10 2006                           DOWNLOAD PDF (122KB)

Finding staff who understand the bigger picture can be a tough call for a small business-owner who thinks nothing of flying to Antarctica for work ...       

Australian Property Institute - commendation for Chief Secretary's Building refurbishment 

Excellence in Property Awards 2006                                                         DOWNLOAD PDF (123KB)

The project, an exemplar of considered design and adaptive reuse ...


'Merry-go-round again as Luna Park spruces up its classic fairground attraction'

Australian Way, March 2004                                                                    DOWNLOAD PDF (390KB)

Ever since St Kilda's Luna Park acquired it in 1923, generations of locals ...