In the News
TIMBUKTU – The end of July 2015 saw the completion of a restoration project of 14 historic mausoleums damaged in Timbuktu three years ago by Islamists fighters (News in Conservation, Issue 36, June 2013). The news was announced in Bonn, during the... Read more
In the News
LOS Angeles – From May 2016 visitors of the Getty Museum will be introduced to the spectacular Mogao caves, an ancient Silk Road site dating from the 4th to 14th centuries. The exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road... Read more
In the News
The European Student Conferences on Object Conservation (ESCOC) is an initiative started some 9 years ago in the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, when Prof. Dr. Friederike Waentig decided to involve students to organise and hold a... Read more
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As a student in heritage studies, I believed that I had found my career path, yet I craved a challenge and wanted to achieve more than appreciating ancient ruins and sacred places. When the opportunity of an internship with the promise of field... Read more

IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, condemns unreservedly the murder of Khaled Asaad, head of antiquities at Palmyra.

Mr Asaad was head of antiquities at the ancient ruins of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for more than fifty years. He was involved in the early excavation and conservation-restoration work at the site and carried on this work for four decades until his retirement in 2003. He worked with UNESCO and the European Commission on Palmyra-related projects. His most important discovery was that of the city’s major road networks and a number of tombs around the ruins. A scholar of Aramaic, Mr Asaad wrote more than 20 books on Palmyra and the Silk Road and his work was fundamental for an understanding of this city, an important trading hub in Antiquity between the Far Eastern and Mediterranean countries.

Welcome to the August issue of News in Conservation. Making the Transition, the 3rd IIC Student and Emerging Conservators Conference is fast approaching and in the IIC News section of this issue you’ll find the latest details about the events organised for participants including visits to Warsaw’s institutions that for the occasion will be opening the doors to their conservation studios. There is still time to book your place so visit our website for further details! Another...

Making the transition

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IIC’s third Student & Emerging Conservator Conference, Making the Transition, will be held on the 15th & 16th October 2015. Following on from the successful 2013 (Copenhagen) and 2011 (London) Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences this conference will allow those at the start of their professional journeys the chance to discuss and explore the three areas of:
- Differences in the conservation education systems of different countries and how these can help - or not.
- The first steps after a graduation: supplementing academic qualifications with practical training, workplace / job experience and volunteering. Mentors and Trade Union / Professional Body support.
- The Conservator with more than five years’ experience: specifically, how can networking make a difference for younger professionals (under 35) and what national / local legal barriers have been encountered by them?

Chris Burden Urban Light, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign" (M.2007.147.1-.202) Photo © Museum Associates/ LACMA

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12-16 September 2016

Welcome to Los Angeles!

Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works

Contemporary art is an engaging, dynamic and constantly evolving field of creativity, presenting a kaleidoscope of images, patterns, sounds and experiences to observers and participants: the challenge to conservators is the very diversity of concepts, materials and technologies used in their production. The profession finds itself having to adapt to an expanding range of materials and techniques, as well as values and demands, including those of the artist or creator, while attempting to maintain existing ethics, philosophies and best practices.

IIC and INCCA, international organisations with members worldwide, are coming together to offer opportunities for conservators of contemporary culture to cross such boundaries and engage with diverse approaches to ethics, values and conservation approaches from a variety of cultures, disciplines and geographical regions.

If you have not already renewed your IIC membership for 2015 - 2016 please use the IIC web-site to renew: follow the Renewal instructions on the right hand side of the front page. We will be sending out renewal reminder forms by post to members who have not already paid their membership fee; if you use the paper form to renew please do not renew on the web-site as well.
The membership rates for 2015 - 2016 have been held at the same level as for the previous year!

It’s all about taking part …

IIC continues to grow and develop – through your efforts and support. We value your involvement very much. By renewing your membership for 2015, you continue to be part of the exciting and developing community that is IIC, the International Institute for Conservation.

A message from Bijan Rouhani, ICOMOS- Blue Shield

The 25th April Earthquake in Nepal has caused the loss of more than 5000 lives and also has caused destruction and severe damage to the historic centre of Kathmandu and other heritage sites throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Earthquake-related damage has been reported throughout the region.

Our colleagues in ICOMOS-ICORP and ICCROM have started the Kathmandu Cultural Emergency Crowdmap, which aims to collect information on the damage caused to cultural heritage sites and institutions in Nepal.

This initiative is co-ordinated by Ms Aparna Tandon, ICCROM project specialist, and Mr Rohit Jigyasu, President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness–ICORP and other partners.

Please would you help by and circulating the links below among your networks in IIC, ICOM, IFLA, and ICA and help to collect information about damaged cultural heritage sites and institutions in Nepal.