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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

Colour Change in Paintings
Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation
The Strasbourg Manuscript. A Medieval Tradition of Artists’ Recipe Collections (1400-1570)
Volatile Organic Compounds and the Conservation of Inorganic Materials
Sources on Art Technology: Back to Basics
Wooden Supports in 12th–16th-Century European Paintings
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, Volume 9, The
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

Archetype News

Email problem 20th July 2016

We are currently unable to access our email due to the BT Broadband issue affecting many parts of the country. If you need to contact us urgently please phone our London office on +44(0)207 380 0800

Discounted Archetype Books! 3rd May 2016

Archetype is heading to the 44th AIC annual conference in Montreal! Check out the catalogue section of this website for a list of discounted books available to order at the AIC conference. If you would like to collect your book at the conference and avoid postage costs then order from us at before 10am on 5th May.

Go Marcus! 24th February 2016

Marcus Nichols (our very talented designer) has once again qualified to represent Team GB at the ETU Aquathlon Championships It takes place at Châteauroux, France on Saturday 24th June. Best of Luck!