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During 11-15 February 2013 the world's photographs conservation specialists will be meeting in Wellington, NZ.  The meeting will bring together, for the first time in the southern hemisphere, the photographic materials groups from the International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) based in Paris and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) based in Washington, DC.  The event, initiated by ICOM-CC, will include three days of meeting at Te Papa Tongarewa, and two days for tours and workshops.

The two international groups exist to:

  • promote the science and art of conservation of photographic materials
  • inform and advise their policy makers and organisations on the preservation and access to photographic material
  • foster cooperation and exchange of information and ideas between professionals in their field.

We are expecting 200-250 delegates, representing the greatest number of countries and individuals doing the most diverse work in photographs conservation and preservation.  They will come from the great libraries, museums, archives and galleries of the world and of course from New Zealand.  As well as conservation specialists the delegates will include directors, curators, collection managers and teachers of conservation, museology, etc.

The website for the meeting is  and over the next couple of weeks and months it will be added to and enriched. Registration opens in October when there will also be more information about workshops and Wellington accommodation available on the site. A large number of abstracts for papers was received and there has now been a Call for Posters. Details for the call for posters are on the website.

The Call for Posters is available for download at the meeting website:  and the information is included below in this email message.

The deadline for Poster submissions is November 2, 2012.


Call for Posters

The joint meeting of the AIC Photographic Materials Group and the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group will be held at the Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa, during 11–15 February, 2013. The meeting will include three days of conference (Wednesday - Friday, February 13-15) and two days for workshops and tours (Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12). Additional information about related events and activities appears on the website:    (Information will continue to be added to the website over the next couple of weeks and months.)


The combined meeting brings together the world’s practitioners in the field of photographs conservation. There will be a limited amount of space at the meeting venue for posters. Submissions of posters concerning all aspects of photographic preservation and conservation are welcome.

The posters cannot exceed 1.2 m (48 inches) in height by 1.0 m (40 inches) in width.

The deadline for submissions is 2 November 2012.

Please send your abstracts for posters, including the following:

1. Title

2. Author(s) name(s) and contact details 3. A summary of the poster, outlining its purpose, principal findings and conclusions, not exceeding 300 words.

Abstracts will be evaluated by the PMG Program Chair and the PMWG Coordinator.

Please email your submissions or questions to:


AIC PMG Program Chair

Monique Fischer




ICOM-CC PMWG Coordinator

Marc Harnly


On receipt of an abstract, authors should receive an email confirming the receipt of their submission.

Notification of acceptance for posters will be confirmed by 14 November, 2012.



Barbara Brown

PMG Chair

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