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News in Conservation

Read the extended December - January issue, which marks IIC's 70th year. We look back to our post-war beginnings, when pioneers began to shape the modern profession - and also look at contemporary stories such as conservation in Croatia and new books.

2020 Keck Award Winner Announced

The Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department (RCR) – Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage in Portugal has been announced as winner of IIC's 2020 Keck Award.

IIC Edinburgh Congress Online

Our groundbreaking 2020 Edinburgh Congress Online - "Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation" is now over, but you can read the detail of the varied programme on our blogs - covering everything from desert wallpaintings to church conservation.



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All papers published in our sector leading journal Studies in Conservation are available online free to IIC members along with downloads of News in Conservation and Book Reviews.
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Joining IIC means becoming a member or Fellow of a global, unifying and independent organisation with Learned Society status, where we share passion, knowledge and ideas.
We bring together people from around the world through our intellectually stimulating congresses and enquiry led Dialogues and events tailored to capture the imagination and curiosity of students and emerging professionals.
Through donations and the ongoing generosity of our members, we are able to offer prizes and awards for excellence as well as grants that enable cultural heritage professionals attend our training and events.

IIC 70th Anniversary, 1950 - 2020

Stories in Conservation: from Monuments Men to Climate and Covid-19.

Over the next few months, IIC will be working with members to celebrate the long history of our organisation, which began with figures who emerged from the Second World War with a vision of the modern profession. They helped form a group that knew not just 'what to do but why they did it', combining technical expertise with scholarly understanding.

News in Conservation

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We live in a time when looking back at the history of IIC and of the conservation profession can also include looking back at a long and rich history of quality publications which have withstood the test of time. It is wonderful to see so many of these books authored and complied by IIC founders, leaders, and members.
At the core of these conferences is the fact that they are set up, structured and carried out by students themselves. Although supported by IIC and the host institution, the students are responsible for everything from organization and budget to the finalisation of the event.
John was born on 17th January 1931 in Bristol, England. After Bristol Grammar School, he studied Fine Art and Cabinet Making at Royal West of England College of Art, where he met his future wife of 64 years, Anne. On 12th November 1956, he began working as a junior restorer at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery starting the Monday after his marriage to Anne.

The IIC Honorary Fellowship is a distinguished honor awarded in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to heritage conservation, with the first Honorary Fellowship awarded to Edward Forbes in 1958. Among the luminaries of our field who have received this are George Stout, Caroline and Sheldon Keck, and Paulo and Laura Mora, to name just a few. We highlight these names to you specifically as this year’s honoree has known and respected these individuals personally, along with many others who are listed as IIC Honorary Fellows. She has also had the honor to work with them and to record their oral histories for posterity. It is thus befitting and with deep appreciation that the IIC awards this distinguished honor to Joyce Hill Stoner, paintings conservator and Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor in Material Culture at the University of Delaware.

IIC member? Come and explore the new resources on our digital hub to support your learning and development.

The Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department (RCR) – Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage in Portugal has been announced as winner of IIC's 2020 Keck Award.

Andrew Lins 2010. Photo credit: Thomas J. Tague, Jr.

Andrew Lins lived a full and exemplary life, and it is with sadness that we share the news of his death on Christmas Day at age 74. Andrew was a conservator of decorative arts and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) from 1979 and chair of the Conservation Division from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Under his leadership, the department underwent several expansions, significantly increased its focus on scholarly research, and established what became a state-of-the-art scientific research laboratory. As an internationally recognized expert in metals and corrosion, Andrew consulted on numerous important restorations of historical landmarks in Philadelphia and beyond, such as the Liberty Bell Center (Philadelphia, USA) and Lincoln Memorial (Washington DC, USA). He was beloved by many conservators and scientists for his warmth, integrity, and generosity.

Painted portrait of Peter Rockwell. Image courtesy of the artist, Jimmy Kennedy.

By Jerry Podany and Thomas Roby

Peter Rockwell, a sculptor and the youngest of three sons of artist Norman Rockwell, died at his home in Danvers, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Although predominantly known as an artist who worked in stone, Peter was also a renowned expert and scholar in the historical techniques of stone sculpting from antiquity to the modern era.

HCC is the repository and conservation facility for the management and preservation of Singapore’s National Collection. The artworks and artefacts are part of the National Collection and comprise of 19th-21st century socio-historical, cultural, ethnographic, modern and contemporary artwork materials, mainly from the Southeast Asia region. The appointee will carry out conservation assessments, documentation and treatments on artworks and artefacts according to HCC’s procedures, instructions and guidelines for exhibits, loans and events for The Gallery.

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The post includes carrying out Paintings Conservation on historic and contemporary paintings including frames and sharing experience with other Conservators and Trainees.

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Dr. Robert Feller in the laboratory of the Mellon Institute's Research Center on the Materials of the Artist and Conservator. Image courtesy of Paul Whitmore

By Paul Whitmore

The art conservation world lost a towering figure with the passing on August 3, 2018, of Dr. Robert L. Feller in Pittsburgh, PA, at the age of 98. Dr. Feller, Bob to his friends, devoted his life to providing the scientific research essential to the advancement of conservation practice. He was a pioneer and the leading practitioner of the emerging discipline of art conservation science research.

Malcolm Gillespie (1944-1918). Photo courtesy of Lee Holland

By Graham Voce

We are sad to record the passing of Malcolm Gillespie, artist and designer, who was for over ten years an important and valued part of the IIC team.

Malcolm became involved with IIC to work on News in Conservation and produced many editions with the IIC paper’s editors, continuing to do this after the publication transitioned from a paper to an electronic format. Malcolm also designed many other items of IIC print work and was involved in the implementation of the recent IIC visual identity developments, helping to make sure that IIC continues to present an effective and modern face to the world in the ways we interact with members and the public, across electronic and print formats.

Apart from IIC, Malcolm also worked with many publications for the United Kingdom’s Institute for Conservation (Icon) and was the lead designer on Icon’s magazine Icon News for many years.

We are pleased to say that we have been able to freeze membership fees at last year's rates. Your Membership fee is due on 1st July. If you haven't renewed your membership already, please renew now by logging in to your account.

Read on to find out more about the year ahead.

Akira Horiuchi, Ig Nobel Prize winner for medical education, 2018. Photo Alexey Eliseev.

On September 13 in CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, honoring achievements that first make people laugh, and then think, were awarded at Harvard University's historic Sanders Theatre tonight before 1,100 spectators in a ceremony filled with paper airplanes, hearts, and ten-trillion dollar bills.

This was the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Most of the new winners journeyed to Harvard — at their own expense — to accept their Prizes. Each winning team also received cash — a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.

The Ig Nobel Prizes were physically handed to the winners by genuine Nobel laureates. The laureates in attendance include Eric Maskin (economics, 2007), Wolfgang Ketterle (physics, 2001), Oliver Hart (economics, 2016), and Michael Rosbash (physiology or medicine, 2017).

Promotional poster for Namibian Heritage Week. Image courtesy of the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN).

The National Museum of Namibia first decided to start an annual Museum Day. With help from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) who partnered with the Museum, this day was spread throughout all fourteen regions of the country. The day was extended to a week-long celebration when the National Heritage council and other stakeholders joined in, officially making the celebration Namibian Heritage Week. This year, Namibian Heritage Week 2018 was held from 17-23 September.

The Heritage Week Team, made up of Namibia’s major heritage institutions, worked together to create a campaign encouraging Namibians to celebrate, visit, and protect the country’s natural and cultural heritage. This year’s theme was “Turuganeni Kumwe” which means “Let’s work together” in Rukwangali.

By Julian Bickersteth and Sharra Grow

One of the highlights of the IIC Turin Congress was the Point of the Matter dialogue jointly presented by ICCROM and IIC, “Culture Cannot Wait: Integrating Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crises”. The collaboration between IIC and ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) provided an opportunity to renew a long standing MOU between the two organisations.

These two peak bodies in the conservation world are both products of The Second World War, which resulted in such a massive and widespread destruction of cultural property that a great international interest in their protection spurred the formation of several organizations and institutions.


IIC Council Members and IGIIC at the council meeting in Turin this past September. Image by Sharra Grow

By Julian Bickersteth

The IIC Council met for two days prior to the Turin Congress at the offices of the IIC Italian group in Turin, IGIIC.

Members of the Congress local organising committee from IGIIC joined for part of the meeting as did IIC's News in Conservation editor, Sharra Grow and ICCROM's Catherine Antomarchi. Apart from considering and endorsing 9 new Fellows to go to the membership for approval, Council used much of the time to consider the strategic direction of the Institute, responding to the new IIC Strategic Plan 2018-2021. This had been prepared and was presented by the Executive Director Sarah Stannage.

The masterclass participants, 20│21 Staff, and teachers Maria Chatzidakis, Will Shank and Pedro Soares Neves. Image taken by Marta Palmeira.

Review by Grazia Cavanna

This masterclass was organized by 20│21 Conservação e Restauro de Arte Contemporânea and was held in Porto, Portugal on 14th and 15th of June 2018. The workshop was led by two major street art conservation experts: Maria Chatzidakis, lecturer at T.E.I. of Athens and co-founder of Street Art Conservators (St.A.Co), and Will Shank, independent conservator and curator, co-founder and co-chair of Rescue Public Murals.

Street art and urban creativity is a complex and interesting theme that is gaining importance in different fields connected with visual arts including art production, aesthetics, city planning, urban culture, cultural studies, propriety, copyright, and of course conservation.

These are exciting times at IIC with so many changes and upcoming events. This year we have gained an Executive Director, we are preparing to launch the redesigned website with our fresh new branding, we have a new Instagram feed, and on top of it all, we are also preparing for the 2018 IIC Congress in Turin this September. It is enough to make one forget to renew their IIC annual membership by the 1st of July! Well, I suppose I am also new, at least in this role as Editor of News in...
2016 - 2017 Annual review front cover

The latest issue of IIC's Annual Review, for 2016 - 2017, published at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, is available from the IIC web-site here. This was presented at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and is the first in a new series of reviews to present IIC's activities and engagement throughout the past year. We hope you enjoy this latest issue of the new way of conveying news about IIC's current activities and future plans.