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In Memoriam: David Lowenthal (1923-2018)

David Lowenthal. Image courtesy of the American Association of Geographers.

By Jerry Podany

The first sentence of the cover page for David Lowenthal’s most recent book The Past is a Foreign Country: Revisited, an updated version of his 1985 seminal work, notes, “The past is past, but survives in and all around us… .”

Indeed, that might be said of David himself who, on September 15, 2018, at 95, died at his home in London. He is gone, but survives in and all around those of us fortunate enough to have benefitted from his profound insights and in those yet to discover his writings.

Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation, Published by IIC Austria

Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation, book cover. Image courtesy of  IIC Austria

Founded by Manfred Koller and issued by IIC Austria, the Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation has been an open forum for professionals dealing with current topics related to the protection of cultural heritage for over 30 years. The peer-reviewed papers have been published bilingually in German and English, since 2014.

2019 Annual General Meeting, AGM Talk and Reception, 28th January 2019

IIC holds an Annual General Meeting every year which every IIC Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Individual member and student member is invited to attend. The Annual General Meeting is to allow Council (IIC’s charity trustees) to explain their management of the Institute to the members and it also provides members with an opportunity to ask questions before voting on the business items on the agenda, and to elect, or re-elect, members of Council to run the Institute for the next twelve months.

Art Analysis & Research: Analysis of a group of paintings by leading Russian Avant-Garde artists in the Museum Ludwig

Examination of artworks at Museum Ludwig by Art Analysis & Research. From left to right, Petra Mandt (Conservator of Paintings, Museum Ludwig), Dr Jilleen Nadolny (Principal Investigator, Art Analysis & Research and Project Manager), Verena Franken (Independent researcher and Cologne project coordinator). Absent, Dr Nicholas Eastaugh (Chief Scientist, AA&R).  © Museum Ludwig, 2017. All rights reserved.

By Dr. Jilleen Nadolny

While the importance of an artwork’s materials and techniques is a given for conservators and technical art historians, the same is now being recognized by the larger art world. As the value of such information is changing, players in the art market are taking advantage of the important contributions that can be made by material studies of artworks, which can be applied not only to their preservation, but which are also applicable in a much wider context.

The 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

Speakers from the Cultural Heritage Preservation presentation “Saving Icon of the Avant-Garde: Survey of Melnikov House as Crucial Stage of its Preservation.” Photographer: Yevgeny Yegorov/TASS Photo. 2018 (original location:

The 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum took place November 15-17. This year’s key topic was “Culture as the Country’s Strategic Potential” with special recognition given this year to Italy and Qatar. The Forum included 14 sections including theatre, music, museums and exhibition projects, cinema, circus and street theatre, folk art and intangible cultural heritage, tourism, ballet and dance, fine arts, cultural heritage preservation, literature and reading, mass communications, education, and creative industry and urban science.

Nominations for The Plowden Medal 2019 (12th November 2018 – 28th February 2019)

The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) will be receiving nominations for the country’s most prestigious annual award for conservation, The Plowden Medal, from Monday 12th November until Thursday 28th February 2019. The Medal will be presented at the Association’s Annual Luncheon to the person deemed to have made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of conservation.

New Chief Executive for Icon

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) Logo. Copyright The Institute of Conservation

The new Chief Executive of Icon from January next year will be Sara Crofts. Sara will take over from Alison Richmond ACR who has been in the role since 2010.

Sustainability in Conservation: Student Ambassador Program

Sustainability in Conservation Student Ambassador Program Energy logo. Copyright SiC. Created by Estelle De Bruyn and Adrien Gary Lucca.

Sustainability is a word that we are starting to hear more and more in our field, but it still has an air of mystery to it; how exactly does this concept apply to conservation? Sustainability in Conservation (SiC) is addressing that issue. The next generation of conservators holds the key to creating a more sustainable profession, and by incorporating these ideas at the training level, the field will organically grow towards a sustainable future. The SAP (Student Ambassador Program) puts the power in the hands of students.


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