Locals will get a rare opportunity to see the book Aurora Australis, when it goes on display as part of a public lecture featuring conservation and cultural heritage expert Julian Bickersteth, at the New England Regional Art Museum this Thursday.
The University of New England’s 1908 copy of Shackleton’s Aurora Australis, was the first book written, illustrated, published and bound in the Antarctic and will be used as a case study.
It is one of only 65 that were printed in Antarctica, a precious item sought by antiquarian book collectors worldwide.
Guest speaker, Julian Bickersteth, who is the founder and Managing Director of International Conservation Services, will talk about the challenges of conservation of historic material in Antarctica.
Mr Bickersteth is an expert on the relationship between artefacts, collections and buildings. Internationally, he has worked on the National Museum of Kuwait after the Gulf War, the ancient quarter of the historic city of Hanoi, Vietnam and the Ayala Museum and the Museum of Manila in the Philippines.
The lecture is part of a joint NERAM and UNE project that will see a group of art conservators from International Conservation Services (ICS) and The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, at Melbourne University, visit Armidale to assess collections as part of NERAM’s Adopt an Artwork program.
The Challenges of Conservation by Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director, International Conservation Services
Free Public Lecture – all welcome
Thursday 14th April at 6.30pm at the New England Regional Art Museum