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Welcome to Archetype Publications

Archetype Publications Limited has grown since 1987 to be one of the leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history. You can browse our titles on this website or download our complete catalogue. Titles can be purchased by individuals directly from us using the order forms or from bookshops (also see where to buy). Some of our publications are textbooks which have been/are used in IAP short courses in conservation.

Archetype Publications also distributes selected International Institute of Conservation (IIC) titles. These are listed with all Archetype titles under the section 'Available Titles'.

Recent Publications

Current Technical Challenges in the Conservation of Paintings
Cennino Cennini's <i>Il Libro dell'Arte</i>: A new English translation and commentary with Italian transcription
Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage
A Manual for the Identification of Bird Bones from Archaeological Sites
Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin number 5, 2014
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, Volume 8, The
Identification of Vegetable Fibres

Archetype News

Well done Marcus! 13th July 2015

Archetype sponsored Triathlete Marcus Nichols headed to Germany recently to compete in the European Aquathlon Championships taking place in Cologne. This was his first time representing Great Britain, and a very proud moment. He was racing against the best across Europe, and was very happy to finish 8th overall in his Age Group. He said ‘the swim was a mix of legs, arms, and fists coming from all directions, and really hard going until I managed to break free from the carnage of the ... more...

Congratulations to Ad Stijnman 10th November 2014

Chosen from a field of 1500 entries, Archetype author Ad Stijnman and his book Engraving and Etching: a history of the development of manual intaglio printmaking processes (Archetype and Hes de Graaf 2012) were awarded an honourable second place in the Karel van Mander award for the best art historical student dissertations in the Netherlands 2009 - 2013.

Archetype Titles to be published in remainder of 2015 27th October 2014

We expect to publish the following books (provisional titles ) during the remainder of 2015:
Wooden Supports in Twelfth- to Sixteenth-Century European Paintings (online)
Studying 18th-Century Paintings & Works of Art on Paper
Current technical challenges in the conservation of paintings
The conservation of hair
Sources on Art Technology (ATSR 6)
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin volume 9
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