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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

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
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

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 November - December 2014 27th October 2014

The following Archetype titles are due to be published November - December 2014:
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin Vol. 8 (due November)
Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin No. 5 (due December)

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:
Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage
Cennino Cennini Il libro del arte a new English translation and commentary with Italian transliteration
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
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