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Robert Shepherd Memorial Fund: Scholarships & CPD Grants

The Anna Plowden Trust has been asked to administer a fund set up in memory of the late Robert Shepherd, the well known picture conservator. This fund will provide one annual Scholarship to a student of easel painting conservation and one annual CPD Grant to a practising painting conservator, currently working, and making their career, in the UK.

10 May 2019

Should paintings be conserved in public?

(left) Daniela Storti and (right) Valeria Merlini, owners and head conservators of Merlini Storti Art Restoration and Conservation, Rome. Photographer Stefano Martinelli. Image courtesy of Merlini Storti.

Introduction by Sharra Grow

This past November, Apollo published the article “Should paintings be conserved in public?” written by Conservator Ian McClure and Curator Paul Taylor. The authors called into question the overall worth of such public displays of conservation suggesting that, rather than inspiring on-lookers, the main message the visiting public receives is that conservation work is tedious and boring. And while trying to show the candid daily work of the conservator, what visitors actually see is still carefully choreographed.

Book Review: The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity

Book Cover "The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity" (image courtesy of Bard Graduate Center)

Review by Jane Eagan

The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity
By Georgios Boudalis
Bard Graduate Center, New York, 2018
Paperback USD $30.00
200 pages / 32 colour plates, 80 halftones, 45 line drawings
ISBN: 978-1-941-79212-4

Book Review: Sharing Conservation Decisions: Current Issues and Future Strategies

Book Cover "Sharing Conservation Decisions: Current Issues and Future Strategies" (image courtesy of  ICCROM)

Review by Graham Voce

Sharing Conservation Decisions: Current Issues and Future Strategies
Edited by Alison Heritage & Jennifer Copithorne
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Via di San Michele 13, 00153 Rome, Italy, 2018
Free download / e-book:
276 pages
ISBN 978-92-9077-271-2

The ICCROM Library: from its beginning to nowadays

ICCROM Library staff, 1983. Image courtesy of the ICCROM Archives.

“ ‘All is well – nothing to report’ - But as everyone knows, serenity is the result of hard work and the peace of the Library is deceptive.“ (ICCROM Newsletter N. 3, p. 1., Rome: ICCROM, 1975)

These words come from one of ICCROM’s earliest Newsletters, in October 1975. At that time the Library held 8,500 items and was under the scientific supervision of the unforgettable Giorgio Torraca.

IIC Fellowship Applications

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