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Since the awful fire on Wednesday 29th April at Clandon Park, near Guildford in Surrey, the National Trust has received much sympathy and many offers of support from conservators, for which it is immensely grateful. This Palladian mansion, dating... Read more
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This study, carried out as a diploma-project, is a multidisciplinary approach to the examination and conservation of two thangkas. The poster version was first presented at the 2015 IIC Hong Kong Congress and it is now published as a full version as... Read more
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The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha opened its gates to the public in 2008 under Qatar Museums Authority (today’s QM) and H.E. Shaikha al Mayasa bint Hamad al Thani. In late 2011 the MIA conservators identified the need for the museum to have... Read more
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LONDON - The question that many have been asking following the recent well documented destructions and acts of vandalism on cultural heritage is whether the trafficking in antiquities pillaged from the Middle East and North Africa regions is... Read more

Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works

The variety of materials, processes and modes of creative expression making up contemporary cultures poses increasingly complex challenges for the conservation professional. Conservators, faced with the uncertainty of judging which aspects of contemporary culture will be valued by future generations, have responded by encouraging stronger dialogue with artists, carrying out unprecedented levels of documentation and adopting an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to conservation.

How are these decisions made? And what is their impact?

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.

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

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Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works

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.

Call for Papers and Posters

We now invite the submission of proposals for papers and posters to be presented at the 2016 Congress. Please note that on this occasion we are issuing a simultaneous call for paper and poster proposals: there will be no later separate call for posters. We are looking for new and original, unpublished work, relevant to the Congress theme and to conservation. We are also looking for an awareness of the need for ethical treatments. Multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

15 Jun 2015
Welcome to the April edition of News in Conservation. I’ll start off with a huge thank you for the incredible support received for the production of Issue 46, our first thematic issue on cultural heritage in conflict, and for the many messages sent in appreciation of NiC’s covering of such an important and hotly debated topic. With your help NiC will keep following events around the world and report on the latest news from troubled regions. In this issue we travel to Doha in Qatar...

IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, condemns the destruction of the ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud, Iraq, by Islamic State militants.

This city, founded in the 13th century BCE , is of inestimable cultural importance not only for Iraq, but for the development of civilisation as a whole. There can be no justification for calculated desecration of and damage to this irreplaceable site, or to other ancient archaeological sites here and in other parts of the world.

News in Conservation's February 2015 issue contains a number of new articles on the related conflict in Syria in particular and the effects this is having on cultural issues in these troubled areas and tells first-hand of local issues and experiences.

In January 2015 IIC’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Council Room of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London. In the course of the event, the IIC Council presented an Honorary Fellowship to John Stuart Mills.
John Mills is probably best known for The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, which he wrote with Raymond White: the indispensable ‘Mills and White’, which first appeared in 1987, has a place on most museum laboratory bookshelves. However, this is only the culmination of a very long career and a great many publications, most, but not all, in the field of natural product chemistry, in particular steroids, resins and drying oils and their analysis.
To learn more about John’s career and achievements go to:

IIC, together with ICOM-CC , the International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation, is pleased to announce a joint Declaration on Environmental Guidelines. Developed by the two organisations over the last eighteen months and finalised at recent conferences in Melbourne, Australia ( ICOM-CC) and Hong Kong (IIC), the declaration provides guidance for collecting institutions , both large and small, on how to provide sustainably responsible environmental conditions for collections.

For further details, contact Sarah Staniforth, President of IIC on or Graham Voce, Executive Secretary of IIC on and +44 (0)20 7799 5500.