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upcoming events


   Sydney Contemporary Talk (3)

5th September 2017

Sydney Contemporary Talk: 'Art Restoration: Stories from the Coal Face'

Artbank, Waterloo Sydney

Adam Godijn will be giving a talk during Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair on contemporary art conservation issues encountered by conservators in Sydney and around the world. He'll be taking a look at conservation successes and disasters, as well as the challenges that could be in store for today's art.

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   Art and Frame 2017 (2)

12th & 13th August 2017

Art & Frame 2017

Royal Randwick, Sydney

Eliza Penrose and Adam Godijn both gave talks during Art & Frame 2017, Sydney's No. 1 Art and Framing Industry Event. Eliza spoke about how to identify paper conservation issues on Saturday 12th August and Adam covered conservation issues more widely on Sunday 13th August.  



   Monuments Men (TN4)

5th September 2014

Special screening of The Monuments Men

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Julian Bickersteth conducted a Q&A session along with Dr Stephen Gapps from the Australian National Maritime Museum at a special screening of The Monuments Men, which was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII.

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2nd May 2014

Laser cleaning course for conservators

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Matteo Volonte attended the laser cleaning course for conservators presented by Dr Martin Cooper of Lynton Lasers Ltd, London, which was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 2nd May 2014.  


18th -19th March 2014

Sydney Tuck Pointing Workshop 

Sydney, Australia

Katy Ross attended the Sydney Tuck Pointing Workshop organised by Australia ICOMOS and the National Trust of Australia (NSW), which was held on the 18th and 19th March 2014. The workshop was presented by Dr Gerard Lynch.




11th - 15th October 2013

Preserving the Metropolis

New York, New York

David West attended the APT conference Preserving the Metropolis , which was held in New York, New York from 11th  - 15th October 2013.  He presented a paper on the corrosion of stainless steel fixings in a modern aluminium sculpture.




30th September - 4th October 2012

Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation

Charleston, South Carolina

David West attended the APT conference Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation, which was held in Charleston, South Carolina from 30th September - 4th October 2012.


10th - 22nd September 2012

Stone conservation course

Torun, Poland

Arek Werstak attended the course on stone conservation, organised by CHARISMA(Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructure: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration) which was held in Torun, Poland in September 2012.

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10th-14th September 2012

2012 Congress - The Decorative: Conservation and the Applied Arts

Vienna, Austria

Julian Bickersteth and Matteo Volonte attended the 24th biennial IIC congress, The Decorative: Conservation and the Applied Arts, which was held in Vienna from 10th-14th September 2012.

   AICCM 2011     

29th - 31st August 2012

7th Book, Paper and Photography Symposium

Brisbane, QLD

The ICS Senior Paper Conservator attended the 7th Book, Paper and Photograph Symposium organised by AICCM, which was held at the State Library of Queensland on 29th-31st August 2012. 


13th August 2012

ASAA Seminar - Australian Natural Stone Review

Surry Hills, NSW

David West presented this seminar on behalf of the Australian Stone Advisory Association at the Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown Street Surry Hills at 5.30pm on Monday 13th August 2012. 

   AICCM 2011     

5th July 2012

Sustainable Buildings for Sustainable Collections seminar

Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW

Julian Bickersteth and Fiona Tennant attended the 'Sustainable Buildings for Sustainable Collections' seminar organised by AICCM and the Australian Museum in July 2012. The seminar was focused on how sustainable design concepts have evolved and adapted to real situations. Julian presented at the seminar on new environmental guidelines for collections. 

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8-11 May 2012

AIC Annual Meeting 

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

David West attended the 40th annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Connecting to Conservation: Outreach and Advocacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.



11 - 14 April 2012

Museums and the Web Conference

San Diego, CA, USA

Julian Bickersteth attended the 2012 Museums and the Web Conference, in San Diego, California, USA.


    International Polar Heritage Committee    

9 - 11 March 2012

International Polar Heritage Committee Meeting and Open Conference: Conservation Challenges, Solutions and Collaboration Opportunities in Uncontrolled Environments

Hobart, Tasmania

Julian Bickersteth helped the ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee to organise its 2012 meeting and an open conference, which was held in Hobart in March 2012. The meeting and conference was timed to coincide with a series of commemorative events in Hobart to mark the centenary of Roald Amundsen's return to Hobart after the attainment of the South Pole. 



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14-18 November 2011

At the Frontier: Exploring the Possibilites Museums Australia National Conference

Perth, Western Australia

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented two papers at the Museums Australia National Conference, At the Frontier: Exploring the Possibilities of Museums in Australia, held in Perth in November 2011. Julian's first paper addressed the use of smartphones in museums, while his second paper provided an update on the revision of environmental guidelines for museums.


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13-16 November 2011

Engineering Heritage Australia Conference

Hobart, Tasmania

David West attended and presented a paper on the Sydney Harbour Bridge cranes at the Engineering Heritage Australia Conference, held in Hobart in November 2011. 


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19-21 October 2011

Conservation in Australia: Past, Present and Future AICCM National Conference

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented a paper at the AICCM National Conference, Conservation in Australia: Past, Present and Future, held in Canberra in October 2011. Read reports here. Karina Acton, Adam Godijn and Fiona Tennant also attended the conference.


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12 October 2011

Lecture, Australian National Maritime Museum

Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

Julian Bickersteth gave a lecture at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 12 October 2011, entitled "Conserving our Antarctic Heritage". 




11 - 16 October 2011

Heritage on the Edge: Sustaining Buildings, Landscapes and Communities Conference

Victoria, British Columbia

David West attended the APT International Conference in October 2011, Heritage on the Edge: Sustaining Buildings, Landscapes and Communities.


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15 July 2011

"Viewing the Viewer" Museums and Galleries NSW seminar National Conference

Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented a paper at the Museums and Galleries NSW seminar "Viewing the Viewer" held at the Sherman Galleries in Sydney.


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22 - 24 June 2011

International Conference of the Conservation of Stone in Parks, Gardens and Cemetaries 

Paris, France

Arek Werstak attended the International Conference of the Conservation of Stone in Parks, Gardens and Cemetaries, in Paris. The conference was organised by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee and the French section of the International Institute of Conservation (SFIIC).


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2-10 June 2011

Ice Bear Project

Sydney, NSW

Logistical management for the Sydney Ice Bear, a major public art and environmental event, was donated by International Conservation Services.



6 - 9 April 2011

Museums and the Web Conference

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented a paper at the 2011 Museums and the Web Conference,  in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Read his reports here.




22 January 2011

International forum on conservation and adaptive reuse of reinforced concrete buildings 

Hong Kong

David West attended and presented a paper at the International Forum on the Conservation and Adaptive Reuse of Reinforced Concrete in Hong Kong.




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10 - 12 October

ASTM C18 Committee on Dimension Stone

San Antonio, Texas, USA

David West attended the ASTM C18 Committee on Dimension Stone meeting in San Antonio, Texas.




8 - 9 October

2010 International Symposium on Wood and Furniture Conservation

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Oliver Hull attended the 10th International Symposium on Wood and Furniture Conservation - Restoring Joints, Conserving Structures. He also participated in the associated masterclass.


6 - 9 October

APT Annual Conference

Denver, Colorado, USA

David West attended the 42nd APT Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  David was the guest auctioneer for the 2010 Student Scholarship Auction at the Awards Banquet.


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28 September - 2 October

Museums Australia National Conference

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented a paper at the 2010 Museums Australia National Conference, held at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Sydney Statues Project

23 Sep - 24 Oct 2010

Art & About Sydney - Sydney Statues: Project!

Sydney, NSW

Dressed up and flamboyantly decorated, Sydney's historic statues put on their finery for Art and About Sydney 2010.  The Sydney Statues: Project! was inspired by the colourful wearable art scene of the 70s and 80s. International Conservation Services provided conservation advice to facilitate this creative intervention whilst protecting these significant statues.


        IIC Logo 2012    

20 - 24 September

IIC Congress 2010: Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean

Istanbul, Turkey

Julian Bickersteth attended the 2010 International Institute for Conservation Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. 

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21 - 23 June

Antarctic Visions: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern Continent

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Julian Bickersteth attended and presented at the 2010 Antarctic Visions conference at the University of Tasmania, Hobart.


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22 - 25 April

2010 International Polar Heritage Committee Conference

Punta Arenas, Chile

Julian Bickersteth attended the 2010 ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee Conference in Punta Arenas, Chile. He was elected President Elect of the IPHC, pending ratification at the 2011 ICOMOS General Assembly. 


24 - 26 February 2010

2010 ARC Conference - Fundamentals Now: Collection Ownership, Access & Care

Christchurch. New Zealand

Doug Rogan attended the 2010 Australian Registrars Committee conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. International Conservation Services and SmARTtrack RFID were conference sponsors.





21 - 25 September

2009 AICCM Conference - Conserving Public and Private Collections

Fremantle, Western Australia

Julian Bickersteth and Skye Firth presented papers at the 2009 AICCM Conference. Karina Acton and Wendi Powell attended the 2009 AICCM Conference.


7- 10 July

2009 Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference

Sydney, New South Wales

David West was part of the Organising Committee for the (Un)Loved Modern Conference and attended this conference. Read his report. David was co-author of a paper and presentation with Peter Johnsson entitled Campus MLC, North Sydney - 'Engineering' Conservation. International Conservation Services sponsored the conference.



17 - 20 May

2009 Museums Australian Conference

Newcastle, New South Wales

Julian Bickersteth, Doug Rogan and Erin Watson attended the 2009 Museums Australia Conference in Newcastle. SmARTtrack RFID exhibited at the conference.


15 - 18 April

2009 Museum and Web Conference 

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Julian Bickersteth participated in the 2009 Museums and the Web Conference. Read his blog posts about his experience at the conference.



13-17 Oct

2008 APT International 40th Anniversary Conference

Montreal, Canada

David West attended the 2008 APT International Conference in Montreal, Canada.

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15-19 September

2008 IIC Congress

London, United Kingdom

Julian Bickersteth presented a paper entitled "Conserving and interpreting the historic huts of Antarctica" at the 2008 International Institute for Conservation congress in London.


23-25 Jul

5th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Felicity Turner participated in this symposium.







3-7 Nov

2007 APT International Annual Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico

David West attended the 2007 APT International Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.







8 Dec

2006 Australian Stone Architectural Awards

Sydney, NSW

In his role as a Director of the Australian Stone Advisory Association, David West presented the inaugural awards. The awards were launched by ... more


15-17 Nov

"Risky Business: Managing Responsibilities and Solutions"

Australian Registrars Committee Conference

Hobart, Tas

International Conservation Services was a sponsor of the Australian Registrars Committee Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.

Doug Rogan presented a paper entitled "Keeping Your Data Safe: Maintaining the Integrity of Cultural Information".

Fiona Tennant also attended the conference.

Scots Polar Party

26 Oct

"Conserving Antarctica's Past, Present and Future."

Nature Live webcast

Natural History Museum, London

Julian Bickersteth headed this live webcast presentation on the conservation of artefacts from Shackleton's Hut in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.  More information on the conservation project is available here.


13-16 Sep

2006 APT International Annual Conference

Atlanta, USA

David West attended this 3 day conference, and delivered a paper on the conservation works to the terracotta cladding of the MLC building in North Sydney. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) International for a 2 year term during the conference.


26-29 Jul

5th International Conference for Books and Paper

Edinburgh, Scotland

Attended by International Conservation Services' Senior Paper Conservator, Nicole Rowney, the conference was hosted by the Book and Paper Group of the ICON and is the first conference to be held after merging all disciplines under ICON... more


19-21 Apr

AICCM Symposium 2006: Conservation of Books, Paper and Photographic Materials

Wellington, New Zealand

Felicity Turner attended this AICCM Symposium, jointly hosted by the New Zealand Professional Conservators Group (NZPCG). It was held at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and consisted of two days of papers and a day of workshops... more








11 Jul

Sustainability and European Cultural Heritage

London, UK

Julian Bickersteth attended this international conference, and gave a paper on the conservation of European heritage outside Europe in the form of the historic huts of Antarctica... more