The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced recently that it had exceeded its aim of raising $1.5 million towards a conservation endowment in the museum. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had already promised the DAM $1.5 million if the museum would match the sum from its own fundraising efforts. This task was completed in December 2006, and the endowment will be used to secure conservation posts and run the collections centre in the DAM's new Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened last year.
The Directory Board of the Conservation Committee of the International Council of Museums, ICOM-CC, wishes to announce that the call for hosting the Triennial Meeting of ICOM-CC in 2011 is now available at www.icom-cc.icom.museum. The deadline for receiving bids is 1 September 2007. A decision on the final selection must be expected in the first half of 2008. The Board wishes to thank candidates for their commitment and investment.
Museums, galleries and archives throughout Australia and the United States are being urged today to review their disaster plans. The MayDay initiative, which was started last year by the Society of American Archivists, encourages collection care professionals to "take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple something that can be accomplished in a day but that can have a significant impact on an individual's or a repository's ability to respond".
The winners of the 2006 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards have been announced. The awards were launched jointly in 2000 by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, to recognise outstanding achievements in the field of European heritage conservation. Awards are made in three categories: the conservation of architectural heritage, works of art, landscape and archaeological sites; a study in one of these fields of conservation; and an individual or organisation who has shown dedicated service to heritage conservation.
ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) is 50 years old today. On 27 April 1957, the Director-General of UNESCO, Luther Evans, and the Italian Government signed a formal agreement to establish ICCROM, then known as the "Rome Centre". The statutes came into force during the following year, and in 1959, the centre was established in Rome under the directorship of Dr. H. J. Plenderleith. Since then, ICCROM has promoted research into conservation and preservation, especially encouraging collaboration across different disciplines.
Five years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center building in New York, archivists have revealed that they are struggling to preserve the mass of documents and objects related to the event. At a recent conference in New York, speakers expressed their concern that funding from the US National Archives has run out, and that the preservation and storage of records and artefacts is currently split between several different institutions.
A Canadian hotel has been fined CAD 50,000 for violating the British Columbia Heritage Conservation Act after it was discovered that a 3,000 year-old site had been disturbed during a construction project.
The IIC, in association with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has sponsored six students to attend an international conference about mitigating earthquake risk to museums in Turkey.
April 18th is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, informally known as World Heritage Day. The event was created in 1982 by ICOMOS (the International Council on Museums and Sites) as a way of celebrating the diversity of heritage throughout the world.
UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has published a report about climate change which claims that several sites of natural and cultural interest may be at risk.