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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

Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges
Studying 18th-Century Paintings and Works of Art on Paper
Conservation of Hair, The
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

Congratulations Ad Stijnman 13th November 2015

This morning Ad Stijman received the Karel van Mander Award for his Archetype Publication Engraving and Etching at the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The jury called his book a reference work for eternity. Last year Ad was the first runner-up, when the focus was on medieval to 17th-century art. This time the focus was on modern art from 1850 and craft. The selection was from 800 dissertations over the period 2010-2014. Apparently it is rare that one dissertation is selected very ... more...

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...

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
Sources on Art Technology (ATSR 6)
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin volume 9
Authenticity in Transition
The conservation of feathers
Public paintings by Edvard Munch ... more...