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2014

Conference Review

by Jorgen Hollesen, Julian Bickersteth, Nigel Watson & Max Friesen          DOWNLOAD PDF (249KB)

Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, Vol. 16, No. 3, August 2014, pp 283 - 288

The Future of Polar Heritage: Environmental Challenges in the Face of Climate Change... 
  

Environmental conditions for safeguarding collections: What should our set points be?

by Julian Bickersteth               DOWNLOAD PDF (117KB)

Studies in Conservation, Vol. 59, No. 4, pp 218 - 224, 2014

This paper explores the complex question of environmental conditions in museums... 

Sustainability and Environmental Guidelines for Collections: AICCM's interim position?

by Julian Bickersteth               DOWNLOAD PDF (1.4MB)

Museums Australia Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp 32 - 33, Autumn 2014

In 2009 the AICCM (Australian Institute for Conservation of Cultural Material) established an Environmental Guidelines Taskforce... 

2011

Museum Environmental Standards in a Changing Environment

by Julian Bickersteth and Vicki Humphrey                DOWNLOAD PDF (6.6MB)

Papyrus, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp 38 - 39, 2011

The current generation of museum professionals has grown up working ... 

Conserving the Sydney Harbour Bridge Arch Maintenance Units

by David West                  DOWNLOAD PDF (964KB)

Conference paper: 16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference, November 2011

The original Sydney Harbour Bridge Arch Maintenance Units (AMU) are engineering marvels ... 

Smartphones in museums - the opportunities

by Julian Bickersteth                  DOWNLOAD PDF (1.64MB)

Conference paper: Museums Australia National Conference 2011, November 2011

Nearly 10 million more Smartphones will enter the Australian market... 

A Tale of Two Cranes 

by Karina Acton, Nicola Smith, Dr. Martha Sear, David Hallam and Ainslie Greiner  

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Conference paper: AICCM National Conference 2011, October 2011

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an internationally recognised landmark...
 

25 Years of Private Conservation in Australia: A Personal Perspective

by Julian Bickersteth                  DOWNLOAD PDF (3MB)

Conference paper: AICCM National Conference 2011, October 2011

International Conservation Services is celebrating 25 years in the business in 2011...
 

Mobile Phones and Visitor Tracking

by Julian Bickersteth and Christopher Ainsley                 PRESENTATION

Conference paper: Museums and the Web 2011, April 2011

Google Analytics provides museums with extensive data around visits to their virtual sites... 
 

Challenges in the Conservation, Repair and Re-use of Historic Reinforced Concrete Buildings

by David West  and Donald Ellsmore                DOWNLOAD SLIDES (2.21MB)

Conference paper: International Forum on Adaptive Re-use of Reinforced Concrete Buildings, January 2011

Presentation Slides.
 

2010

Greener museums and sustainable practices

Museums Australia Magazine, Vol. 18 (Issues 3&4), June 2010           DOWNLOAD PDF (2.4MB)

It is tempting in the wake of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit to be overwhelmed by the extent of the issues surrounding...
 

Interpreting the Heroic Era through its artefacts

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (52KB)

Conference paper, Antarctic Visions: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern continent,

University of Tasmania, June 2010

The Antarctic huts of the Heroic Era explorers contain some 16,000 artefacts... 
 

Heritage Marble Statuary at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (864KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 9, Issue 17, pp 24 - 30   March 2010

In 1883, a group of eight marble statues were imported from Italy...
 

2009

Book Review: Plant Biology for Cultural Heritage: biodeterioration and conservation 

by David West       DOWNLOAD PDF (924KB)    

Australian Garden History, November 2009

The moment I saw this publication advertised, I knew it was destined for my library... 
 

Presentation Slides: PACA - Security is more than guarding

by Doug Rogan                  DOWNLOAD SLIDES (551KB)

Presentation:  Protection of Australasia's Cultural Assets Annual Conference, September 2009

Presentation Slides...
 

Campus MLC Glazed Terracotta Facade: 'Engineering' Conservation

by David West and Peter Johnsson     DOWNLOAD PDF (110MB)    PRESENTATION SLIDES (5MB)

Presentation UnLoved Modern Conference, July 2009

This paper describes the problems that had developed in the terracotta facades and the process of developing a conservation approach...
 

Selection of Replacement Stone

by David West, Executive Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (388KB)

Presentation at Yellowblock Conversations 2, March 2009

Selection of Replacement Stone, quality, authenticity, compatibility, cost...
 

2008

Modes of Deterioration in Sydney Sandstone

by David West, Executive Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (388KB)

Presentation at Yellowblock Conversations 1, October 2008

Modes of Deterioration, biological, cracking, detachment, discolouration...
 

Historic House Museums: Moving into the Future

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director     DOWNLOAD PDF  (255KB)

National Trust Magazine, February 2008

Competition for the tourist dollar is intense ...
 

Conserving and Interpreting the Historic Huts of Antartica

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (400KB)

Conference paper, International Institute for Conservation Congress, Long, September 2008

A program for the conservation and long-term care of the four Antarctic...
 

2007

Taking the Plunge

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (388KB)

News in Conservation No.3, December 2007

Five years ago, the Antarctic Heritage Trust ...

Review - Musee du Quai Branly

by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director      DOWNLOAD PDF (576KB)

The Australian Museums Association, Quarterly Journal, October

The new Musee du Quai Branly is Paris’ latest addition ...

Conserving in the Deep freeze. Saving and Interpreting the Heroic Era Huts of the Ross Dependency in Antartica

Paper by Fiona Tennant, Principal Collections Manager       DOWNLOAD PDF (282KB)

July 2007, ICOMOS Conference on Extreme Heritage, Cairns

The Heroic Era explorer huts in the Ross Dependency of Antartica ...

Cultural Heritage and the Internet

by Steven Smith, Principal Internet Consultant     DOWNLOAD PDF (2.5MB)

ICS organised a series of one hour seminars in Sydney and Canberra in Febuary 2007. If you are interested in running this seminar at your office, please contact Doug Rogan at our Canberra office

Keeping your Data Safe - Maintaining the Integrity of Cultural Information, ARC Conference, Tasmania

Doug Rogan      DOWNLOAD PDF (558KB)

ARC Journal no.54, Winter 2007  

Firstly I would like to make clear that this is not a paper ... 

In Search of Old Marble

by David West       DOWNLOAD PDF (243KB)    

Discovering Stone, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp 68-70, March 2007

Despite the boom in the use of stone in buildings, over the past ... 

2006

Old Skills and New Challenges

by Julian Bickersteth & David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (704KB)

Architecture Bulletin, Sept/Oct 2006, p. 10

The loss of traditional trade skills occurs for many reasons ...

Challenges in Dealing with Corrosion in Heritage Buildings

by David West & Peter Johnsson      DOWNLOAD PDF (665KB)

Conference Paper, Australian Corrosion Association, Hobart, Nov 2006

Corrosion of hidden metal components in the facades of heritage buildings ...

Fixing Stone Cladding - Pointers for Success

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (549KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp 46-52, Sept 2006

The design phase of is critical in ensuring the success of your fixing project ...

Sharing the Load, an introduction to fixing stone cladding

by David West & Pein Lee      DOWNLOAD PDF (400KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp 46-50, March 2006

The fundamental question when we fix stone is how we transfer loads ...

2005

Conservation of Limestone Cladding - Bank SA Headquarters Building, Adelaide

by David West & Peter Johnsson      DOWNLOAD PDF (449KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp 46-50, Sept 2005

For many years the majestic eight storey limestone-clad office building ...

Smart Tags In Storage Systems

by Doug Rogan             DOWNLOAD PDF (117KB)

Journal of the Australian Registrars Committee, Volume No. 50, Winter Issue July 2005

Storage systems for artworks, museum objects, archives, books, and other collectibles ...

Smart Solutions For Art Security And Beyond

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (13KB)

The Australian Art Market Report Issue 16, Winter 2005

RFId or ‘smart card’ microchip technology has been around for some years ...

Some tips on how to choose a Limestone or Marble for your next project

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (427KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp 50-54, March 2005

Over the past decade, limestone have become one of the most popular choices ...

Conservation of Furniture

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (19KB)

Furniture History Society (UK) News letter, February 2005

Book Review: Conservation of Furniture by Shayne Rivers and Nick Umney (Butterworth Heinemann, 2003) 

 

2004 

Certification of Stone - Common Sense or Insanity?

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (382KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp 74-76, Sept 2004

You've spent the past year working with the designers of a prominent building to help them choose ... 

Heroics in Antarctica

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (815KB)

Reflections, NSW National Trust magazine, August 2004

Antarctica is a unique place. Not only is it the highest, driest and windiest continent, it is the only continent ...

Art surgery: post-op assessment.

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (49KB)

Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance Journal, July 2004

While being aware of valuation issues, conservators have to be careful ...

Art pains: repair or write off?

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (57KB)

Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance Journal, March 2004

When the loss adjuster asks: 'Do we repair or write off?', the answer depends very much on ...

Safety Factors for design of thin granite cladding - A review of International Practice

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (353KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 44-46, March 2004

Engineering design typically allows for variation in the design assumptions through the use ...

2003 

Should they be Green- or Brown?

by Julian Bickersteth      DOWNLOAD PDF (458KB)

Reflections, NSW National Trust magazine, November-January 2004

The question of how, and how far to conserve Sydney's fine collection of bronzes.

Leaves fall in Autumn; tiles fall in Spring

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (325KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 6-10, Sept 2003

Ten years ago, I spent nearly a year of my life helping fix up somebody else's mistakes ...

Setting the Standards, Part II

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (250KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 26-28, Sept 2003

I thought that this issue I'd write about European Standards, since that is something ...

The Naming of the Stone

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (327KB), March 2003

Discovering Stone, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 16-18

I was working late in my office one day, when the phone rang. "Do you know the name ...

Setting the Standards , Part I

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (882KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 56-60, March 2003

Every so often, I hear the industry talking about standards. Now standards are something ...

2002

Reinterpreting the dry stone wall

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (279KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 34-36, Sept 2002

Once upon a time, on the side of a quite country lane, there stood a stone wall. This stone ...

The Wonderful Colours of Wondabyne Sandstone - Exchange Centre Sydney

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (692KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 34-36, Sept 2002

For eighty years, sandstone has been quarried from Wondabyne - a place distinguished ...

The Hidden Face of Stone Cladding

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (452KB)

Discovering Stone, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 6-7, March 2002

This column attempts to shed some light on the hidden face of stone cladding ...

2000

Stone Weathering and Durability

by D.West, B.F Miglio, D.M Richardson, T.S Yates      DOWNLOAD PDF (753KB)

Dimension Stone Cladding: Design, Construction, Evaluation and Repair, K.R Hoigard, Ed. American Society for Testing and Materials

This paper discusses the methods currently used in the UK to evaluate the durability ... 

Anchorage Pullout Strength in Granite: Design and Fabrication Influences

by D.West & M. Heinlein      DOWNLOAD PDF (799KB)

Dimension Stone Cladding: Design, Construction, Evaluation and Repair, K.R Hoigard, Ed. American Society for Testing and Materials

For the past 10 to 15 years, significant emphasis has been placed on evaluation of ...

Brard's Test into the 21st Century Sodium Sulfate Soundness Testing of Dimension Stone

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (853KB)

Sandstone City: Sydney's Dimension Stone and other Sandstone Geomaterials, Ed G.H McNally & B.J Franklin

The testing of dimension stone for durability for cyclic immersion in a soduim sulfate ...

1992

The Three Macquarie Chairs

by Julian Bickersteth     DOWNLOAD PDF (220KB)

Australiana, Volume 14, No. 1, Febuary 1992

Early in 1991 I was approached by Macquarie University to undertake conservation work on the chair...

1990

Evaluation of Dimension Stone: Test Methods, Standards and Specifications

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (220KB)

Seminar paper: "Queensland Building Stones: A New Dimension in NSW"

Stone is a material which has been used for building for many thousands of years ...

1989

Stone Testing: Variation and Quality Control

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (371KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

Dimension stone is a variable material ...

Thin Cladding case study: 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (91KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

This case study will highlight some of the problems which were experienced on a recent ...

Deterioration of Masonry case study: Monash House, Melbourne

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (303KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

Monash House is a marble clad building in Melbourne. The marble has deteriorated ...

Protective Coatings

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (357KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

Protective coatings for stone in buildings have been used for hundreds of years ...

Australian Stone Processing

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (218KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

Australia is not one of the leading nations in either stone production or stone ...

Paving: Materials, Finishes, Wear, Slipperiness

by David West      DOWNLOAD PDF (451KB)

Seminar: Stone in Modern Buildings, Sydney, Ed. J. Perry, A. Spry & D. West, Oct 1989

Many types of stone are used for paving and flooring in a wide range ...

1985

The Defence Against Graffiti

by D. West & A. Spry
Amdel Report No. 1571