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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

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
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

Archetype News

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 January to June 2015 27th October 2014

We expect to publish books on the following subjects in the first half of 2015:
Cennino Cennini Il libro dellarte a new English translation and commentary with Italian transliteration
Wood species of medieval panel paintings
Studying 18th-Century Paintings & Works of Art on Paper
Current technical challenges in the conservation of paintings
The conservation of hair

The provisional titles and further details... more...

Archetype enews 30th March 2014

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