Online Conservation/Preservation Serials
"[ArtMatters presents] articles by important scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of technical art history. Drawing on the combined expertise of conservators, scientists and art historians, ArtMatters brings together a wealth of information about artists, materials, techniques and studio practice, from different periods and disciplines. ArtMatters goes beyond the pure identification of materials. It addresses the connection between the artists's methods and intentions, as well as the relations between changes in style, technical developments and materials available, all set against an art historical context. ArtMatters provides fascinating accounts of the artist at work. The articles illustrate the significant role the study of techniques and materials can have within art historical research and its various philosophical approaches towards the understanding of art works. ArtMatters creates illuminating insights into the artist's original intention and its material expression, insights that characterise current conservation research as a whole. ArtMatters is therefore an invaluable resource for art historians, conservators, collectors, and all those interested in the making of artworks."
Note: As of Thu Mar 24 2011 The above URLs were broken, but the resources do appear to be available. URLs will be corrected as soon as possible
This is a print journal but abstracts are presented online.
"Conservar Patrim�nio is a journal, published twice a year, that intends to create a space for the diffusion of conservator-restorers' studies and activities. However, at a time when Conservation-Restoration pretends to develop further through collaboration with other areas of knowledge, such as History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and other related disciplines, the journal also receives contributions from any other provenance as long as directed towards the materiality of the works that integrate our Cultural Heritage. Theoretical issues on the conservation activity may also be submitted.
"Conservar Patrim�nio is a scientific journal. Therefore, as a rule, the submitted papers are reviewed anonymously by peers in order to achieve and maintain a platform of quality. Although it is published by ARP (Associa��o Profissional de Conservadores-Restauradores em Portugal), it is open to all, independently of their relationship to the organization."
"Review and interactive platform, CeROArt, will be devoted to a multidisciplinary approach of the questions of Art Objects conservation, exhibition and restoration. It will deal more specifically with axiological questions and the practices changes induced by new materials and the complex statute of some artefacts. CeROArt would like to be a reflections and interactions place between historians, art historians, philosophers, museologists, scientists interested by patrimony, curators and restorers either as representatives of the museum community or students in one of those disciplines.
"e-dialogos is an annual digital journal on research in conservation and cultural heritage.
"e-dialogos, the journal of diadrasis, is a new journal on heritage conservation. Founded in 2011, its scope is the interdisciplinary research and dissemination of archaeological and architectural heritage conservation all over the world. The Editor-in-Chief welcomes the submission of articles on any subject within that context. Texts that present methodologies on heritage conservation, training experiences on conservation and restoration or practical examples projects are very welcome. Articles on theoretical frameworks for conservation and restoration interventions or which explore the symbiosis between different specialized fields, showing the interdisciplinary vantages, are also of the editorial board's interest."
"Aims and scope: To publish high quality papers in materials research: review papers, original papers, short communications, but also announcements and news. Topics should be of interest in the field of preservation research and should include studies in stability, environmental studies and condition assessment of cultural heritage, and studies of materials and procedures used for its conservation and preservation.
The journal aims at dissemination of information to researchers, conservators, preservation officers, and other interested audiences."
Published under the auspices of the Department of Conservation and Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, JCMS exists as an academic World Wide Web publication, disseminating information to the global conservation and museum community. The papers and articles found in the Journal represent the work of conservation and museum studies students from around the world, and have been refereed by academic staff representing conservation and museum studies training programmes.
See especially special issues such as Lasers in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
"Laser Chemistry is the first journal to unite international research activity in this rapidly developing field. It is intended to bridge the gap between physics and chemistry laser-related research. Its focus is in the area of fundamental studies and applications within the field of laser chemical physics and spectroscopy. In particular, it focuses on issues of: State selective chemistry; Laser interactions with materials; Time resolved chemistry; High resolution spectroscopy; Chemical dynamics; 'Femto' and 'Atto' - chemistry; Chemical imaging; Biophotonics; Laser biochemistry"
"The V&A Conservation Journal contains all the latest information about activities and research in the Conservation Department, often directly reflecting new developments within the Museum. Topics range from a description of conservation input to museum projects, new methods and materials, technical study of historical objects, preventive projects, installation of new galleries, explorations of underlying principles of conservation, to collaborative research projects. The Journal is an informal publication for everyone who is interested in the conservation of our cultural heritage: conservation professionals, students, and staff of museums, educational institutions, libraries, ministries of culture and other heritage organisations. The current balance between factual, scientific and technical content meets the interest of specialist and non-specialist readers alike."
Publication twice yearly, in Spring and Autumn. Print subscriptions are also available to academic institutions (not individuals)
Abbey Newsletter: Bookbinding and Conservation, issued eight times a year
Alkaline Paper Advocate, issued quarterly
In addition to feature articles, each issue columns such as
"Its main objective is to provide information on current events in the field of preservation: technical notes, progress of research programs in conservation, congress reports, upcoming events and literature review. Its primary role is to report, gather information and provide specialized elements and references to learn more."
"The Technical Research Bulletin publishes the results of collaborative work by the British Museum's curators, conservators and scientists covering a broad range of objects and materials from across the Museum's collection. "Published once a year, each issue aims to encompass objects from different continents, historical periods and material types. The Bulletin is designed to appeal both to those with a general interest in the Museum's collections and those with a specialist interest who wish to broaden their horizons."
European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organizations (E.C.C.O.) seeks to develop and promote, on a practical, scientific and cultural level, the profession of Conservator-Restorer of Cultural Property. Its main objectives are to promote a high level of training and to work toward legal recognition of professional status.
The Guild of Book Workers Newsletter appears 6 times a year. In it you will find the latest in GBW news, reports from the chapters, reports of conferences or meetings, supplies being offered for sale, publication reviews, and an extensive calendar of events.
The Ethnographic Working Group also publishes electronically the Ethnographic Conservation Newsletter on an annual or semi-annual basis. It is publicly accessible for the first 5 weeks of its electronic posting. After 5 weeks, the Newsletter access becomes restricted to paid ICOM or ICOM-CC members or Friends of ICOM-CC.
"News in Conservation is the newspaper from IIC and is published six times per year. Together with long features contributed by authors, NiC includes reports from the world of conservation, preservation and cultural heritage, with the aim of being an international platform for sharing information, news and more.
"The full issue can be downloaded from
"or the paper version can be requested by contacting the IIC office International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
3, Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ UK"
"Back in the day we had two great print publications, Conservation Administration News and the Abbey Newsletter. Before the Internet and social networking, these were THE publications for news and information related to library and archives preservation and conservation. ... experiment: Preservation & Conservation Administration News or
"With a nod to these two venerable publications, we introduce a new experiment: Preservation & Conservation Administration News or PCAN. We invite you to share in the experience. ..."
Published 3 times a year, WAAC Newsletter (ISSN 1052-0066) is a publication of the nonprofit Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC). Published since 1979, the WAAC Newsletter publishes ideas, information, news, and other material pertaining to the conservation of cultural property, especially matters of interest to conservators in the western United States.
Each issue contains several feature articles as well as regular columns including:
Health & Safety
Articles You May Have Missed
Publications and Audiovisual Conference Reviews
"Collections Caretaker is the Northern States Conservation Center's quarterly publication. Emphasizing preservation of museum collections, it covers topics of interest to large and small institutions of every type and description, including living history museums, art museums, natural history museums, historical societies and privately owned collections. Filled with practical information that you can apply to the care of your collection, the goal of the Collection Caretaker is to keep you up to date on advances in the museum field and provide case studies of interesting collections care solutions. It will keep you informed of useful workshops, publications and grant deadlines."
Some highlights include:
"The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grew out of the 1997 merger of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Council on Library Resources. CLIR identifies the critical issues that affect the welfare and prospects of libraries and archives and the constituencies they serve, convenes individuals and organizations in the best position to engage these issues and respond to them, and encourages institutions to work collaboratively to achieve and manage change.
"Preservation and Access International Newsletter seeks to inform readers about preservation and access initatives worldwide and to provide a basis for the direct exchange of ideas and information."
Issued 10 times a year, the Newsletter covers national and internation preservation issues, including digital libraries, imaging, reformatting, etc. The mission of the Commission on Preservation and Access is to foster, develop, and support collaboration among libraries and allied organizations to ensure the preservation of the published and documentary record in all formats, and to provide enduring access to scholarly information.
"NCC Washington Updates provide current information on legislation, hearings, markups, and federal policy issues of concern to historians, librarians, archivists and the general public.
"NCC is a coalition of 53 scholarly organizations, including H-Net. NCC is the history profession's lobby in Washington, and its positions reflect the consensus of its member organizations."
"Film archives all over the world have for some time been experiencing a phenomenon - the deterioration of films on safety bases, known as the "vinegar syndrome". This phenomenon rises to significant proportions in a number of film archives, principally those located in hot and humid climates, the problem being more serious than that caused by film on a cellulose nitrate base. Someting has to be done to save the contents recorded upon these deteriorating bases, to prevent a total loss of the information they hold, taking into account the high speed of reactions involved in this process. The purpose of this article is to analyze the mechanical behaviour of safety bases resulting from transformations having occurred in their molecular structure during the deterioration process as well as to discuss the selection of polyester film as a stable receiving base when transferring from bases of deteriorated acetates."
"Various problems cropped up during the restoration of the soundtrack of the feature film The Mistress of Atlantis which are typical of those arising from the bad condition of old films. Attemps to eliminate the damage occasionally tested the limits of existing processing systems..."
"The opportunity for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to participate in the 12th Pordenone Silent Film Festival (1993) created an exciting challenge, and gave the vital impetus, for us to reconstruct some of Australia's finest early cinema material and create new projection print."
"The NARA Advisory Committee on Preservation met on September 14, 1993, to discuss a number of issues relating to the storage of acetate film materials."
"The Minnesota Preservation Planner is an illustrated, four-page newsletter on historic preservation current issues and events, published quarterly. Included as an insert in The Minnesota History Interpreter and sent separately to local and county historical societies, historic preservation commissions and certified local governments."
"...short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format." PDF versions are available online:
[Produced] in cooperation with the Cornell University Library Department of Preservation and Conservation to provide you with this new publication. RLG DigiNews is a quarterly web-based newsletter intended to:
- Focus on issues of particular interest and value to managers of digital initiatives with a preservation component or rationale.
- Provide filtered guidance and pointers to relevant projects to improve our awareness of evolving practices in image conversion and digital archiving.
- Announce publications (in any form) that will help staff attain a deeper understanding of digital issues.
A Title list of IADA contributions to Restauro is also available.
"a publication produced specifically to offer an industry insight to both conservators and professionals working throughout the Heritage sector.
"Designed to share information from across a whole spectrum of conservation disciplines, Timecare Magazine provides articles on the latest innovations, news and developments, whilst celebrating sector successes and discussing the most pertinent issues of the day, all achieved with the valuable insight of a host of seasoned independent contributors"