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Call for Proposals, IIC 28th Biennial Congress

Submit proposals by 26 April for papers on current practices and challenges in built heritage conservation.

Forbes Prize Lecture

Watch the whole of Stefan Michalski's 2018 Forbes Prize Lecture, giving a personal view of preventive conservation.

IIC Mentoring Scheme

Members can now join our scheme as either mentors or mentees to help develop the careers of colleagues.

Student and Emerging Conservator Conference

Save the date: Our fifth conference will be held at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) on 12–14 September 2019.

Scientific Approaches to Ceramics and Glass Conservation

Join us at the International Training Centre for Conservation at The Palace Museum on 12 - 21 November 2019. Apply by 1 May to take part.

All papers published in our sector leading journal Studies in Conservation are available online free to IIC members along with downloads of News in Conservation and Book Reviews.
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IIC's Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2019 was held on Monday 28th January in London, as reported in the News in Conservation for February 2019. This AGM report and the latest IIC Annual report are now available to read and download.

Apply by 1 May to attend our ceramics and glass workshop at the Palace Museum, Beijing from 12 - 21 November.

Deadline:
1 May 2019

This conference will cover current practices and challenges in built heritage conservation. It will cover a wide range of built heritage including: archaeological sites, archives and collections; historic buildings, castles and palaces; religious buildings; bridges, walls and monuments; collections housed in the buildings for which they were commissioned or collected and decorative surfaces in historic buildings.

Deadline:
26 Apr 2019

Submit proposals by 26 April for papers on current practices and challenges in built heritage conservation.

Watch the whole of Stefan Michalski's 2018 Forbes Prize Lecture, giving a personal view of preventive conservation.

Join us at the International Training Centre for Conservation at The Palace Museum on 12 - 21 November 2019. Apply by 1 May to take part.

Members can now join our scheme as either mentors or mentees to help develop the careers of colleagues.

Save the date: Our fifth conference will be held at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) on 12–14 September 2019.

Notice is hereby given that the sixty-seventh Annual General Meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, on Monday 28th January 2019 at 6.00 pm for the following purposes:

Deadline:
28 Jan 2019

We have launched a new Mentoring Scheme and welcome applications from members who would like to become mentors or mentees.

Dr. Robert Feller in the laboratory of the Mellon Institute's Research Center on the Materials of the Artist and Conservator. Image courtesy of Paul Whitmore

By Paul Whitmore

The art conservation world lost a towering figure with the passing on August 3, 2018, of Dr. Robert L. Feller in Pittsburgh, PA, at the age of 98. Dr. Feller, Bob to his friends, devoted his life to providing the scientific research essential to the advancement of conservation practice. He was a pioneer and the leading practitioner of the emerging discipline of art conservation science research.

Malcolm Gillespie (1944-1918). Photo courtesy of Lee Holland

By Graham Voce

We are sad to record the passing of Malcolm Gillespie, artist and designer, who was for over ten years an important and valued part of the IIC team.

Malcolm became involved with IIC to work on News in Conservation and produced many editions with the IIC paper’s editors, continuing to do this after the publication transitioned from a paper to an electronic format. Malcolm also designed many other items of IIC print work and was involved in the implementation of the recent IIC visual identity developments, helping to make sure that IIC continues to present an effective and modern face to the world in the ways we interact with members and the public, across electronic and print formats.

Apart from IIC, Malcolm also worked with many publications for the United Kingdom’s Institute for Conservation (Icon) and was the lead designer on Icon’s magazine Icon News for many years.

We are pleased to say that we have been able to freeze membership fees at last year's rates. Your Membership fee is due on 1st July. If you haven't renewed your membership already, please renew now by logging in to your account.

Read on to find out more about the year ahead.

Akira Horiuchi, Ig Nobel Prize winner for medical education, 2018. Photo Alexey Eliseev.

On September 13 in CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, honoring achievements that first make people laugh, and then think, were awarded at Harvard University's historic Sanders Theatre tonight before 1,100 spectators in a ceremony filled with paper airplanes, hearts, and ten-trillion dollar bills.

This was the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Most of the new winners journeyed to Harvard — at their own expense — to accept their Prizes. Each winning team also received cash — a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.

The Ig Nobel Prizes were physically handed to the winners by genuine Nobel laureates. The laureates in attendance include Eric Maskin (economics, 2007), Wolfgang Ketterle (physics, 2001), Oliver Hart (economics, 2016), and Michael Rosbash (physiology or medicine, 2017).

Promotional poster for Namibian Heritage Week. Image courtesy of the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN).

The National Museum of Namibia first decided to start an annual Museum Day. With help from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) who partnered with the Museum, this day was spread throughout all fourteen regions of the country. The day was extended to a week-long celebration when the National Heritage council and other stakeholders joined in, officially making the celebration Namibian Heritage Week. This year, Namibian Heritage Week 2018 was held from 17-23 September.

The Heritage Week Team, made up of Namibia’s major heritage institutions, worked together to create a campaign encouraging Namibians to celebrate, visit, and protect the country’s natural and cultural heritage. This year’s theme was “Turuganeni Kumwe” which means “Let’s work together” in Rukwangali.

By Julian Bickersteth and Sharra Grow

One of the highlights of the IIC Turin Congress was the Point of the Matter dialogue jointly presented by ICCROM and IIC, “Culture Cannot Wait: Integrating Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crises”. The collaboration between IIC and ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) provided an opportunity to renew a long standing MOU between the two organisations.

These two peak bodies in the conservation world are both products of The Second World War, which resulted in such a massive and widespread destruction of cultural property that a great international interest in their protection spurred the formation of several organizations and institutions.

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IIC Council Members and IGIIC at the council meeting in Turin this past September. Image by Sharra Grow

By Julian Bickersteth

The IIC Council met for two days prior to the Turin Congress at the offices of the IIC Italian group in Turin, IGIIC.

Members of the Congress local organising committee from IGIIC joined for part of the meeting as did IIC's News in Conservation editor, Sharra Grow and ICCROM's Catherine Antomarchi. Apart from considering and endorsing 9 new Fellows to go to the membership for approval, Council used much of the time to consider the strategic direction of the Institute, responding to the new IIC Strategic Plan 2018-2021. This had been prepared and was presented by the Executive Director Sarah Stannage.

The masterclass participants, 20│21 Staff, and teachers Maria Chatzidakis, Will Shank and Pedro Soares Neves. Image taken by Marta Palmeira.

Review by Grazia Cavanna

This masterclass was organized by 20│21 Conservação e Restauro de Arte Contemporânea and was held in Porto, Portugal on 14th and 15th of June 2018. The workshop was led by two major street art conservation experts: Maria Chatzidakis, lecturer at T.E.I. of Athens and co-founder of Street Art Conservators (St.A.Co), and Will Shank, independent conservator and curator, co-founder and co-chair of Rescue Public Murals.

Street art and urban creativity is a complex and interesting theme that is gaining importance in different fields connected with visual arts including art production, aesthetics, city planning, urban culture, cultural studies, propriety, copyright, and of course conservation.

These are exciting times at IIC with so many changes and upcoming events. This year we have gained an Executive Director, we are preparing to launch the redesigned website with our fresh new branding, we have a new Instagram feed, and on top of it all, we are also preparing for the 2018 IIC Congress in Turin this September. It is enough to make one forget to renew their IIC annual membership by the 1st of July! Well, I suppose I am also new, at least in this role as Editor of News in...
2016 - 2017 Annual review front cover

The latest issue of IIC's Annual Review, for 2016 - 2017, published at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, is available from the IIC web-site here. This was presented at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and is the first in a new series of reviews to present IIC's activities and engagement throughout the past year. We hope you enjoy this latest issue of the new way of conveying news about IIC's current activities and future plans.