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Back issues of the Conservation Journal

Back issues of the Conservation Journal

Would you like to find out about the discovery of rare original 18th-century gilding in the Chinese Palace in St Petersburg? The development of English japanning? New mounting methods for portrait miniatures, or the latest developments in smart and techno fabrics?

Or perhaps you would be interested in knowing more about the conservation of star objects in the collections, such as the Mazarin Chest, the Safavid Cope or the Ardabil Carpet?

If any of these appeals to you, then you need look no further than the V&A Conservation Journal. The Conservation Journal was first published in print in 1991 and from the outset has been a huge success. Its reputation has spread throughout the world. From 2005 it has been available online as well as in a printed version and from 2008 all back issues were made freely available, online.


The Conservation Journal contains all the latest information about activities and research in the V&A Conservation Department, often directly reflecting new developments within the Museum. Topics range from descriptions of the conservation input into museum projects, to new methods and materials; from the technical study of historical objects, preventative projects, installation of new galleries, explorations of underlying principles of conservation, to accounts of collaborative research projects. The Journal is an informal publication for everyone who is interested in the conservation of our cultural heritage: conservation professionals, students, staff of museums large and small, educational institutions, libraries, ministries of culture and other heritage organisations. The current balance between factual, scientific and technical content successfully meets the interest of specialist and non-specialist readers alike.

Publication dates

The Conservation Journal is published in print and online annually, in Spring.

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The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, a record of research carried out by the Gallery's Scientific and Conservation Departments, is available on the web. It is published annually and it covers all aspects of the conservation, technical study and care of the paintings in their collection.

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