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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

Making and Transforming Art: Technology and Interpretation
Conserving Context: Relating Object Treatment to Collections and Settings
Let the Material Talk: Technology of Late-Medieval Cologne Panel Painting
Damage Catalogue for Glass Objects
Standards in Architectural Paint Research
Paintings in the Laboratory: Scientific Examination for Art History and Conservation
Architectural Paint Research: Sharing Information, Sharing Decisions
For Tomorrow: Investigating New Materials in the Works of Alexandru Rădvan
Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments: Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources
Textiles, Technical Practice, and Power in the Andes

Archetype News

Archetype titles to be published October - December 2014 27th October 2014

The following Archetype titles are due to be published October - December 2014:
Conserving Context: Relating Object Treatment to Collections and Settings (due October)
Making and Transforming Art (due October)
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin Vol. 8 (due December)
Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin No. 5 (due December)

Archetype Titles to be published January to May 2015 27th October 2014

We expect to publish books on the following subjects in early 2015:
Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage
a new translation of Cennino Cennini
Volatile organic compounds in museums
The different types of wooden panels used by medieval artists
Modern paintings conservation
Preparatory layers for oil paintings in NW Europe
The titles and further details will be posted on this website as they become ava... more...

Archetype enews 30th March 2014

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