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In the issue 37 of News in Conservation (August 2013), the authors presented a similar-titled paper describing experiments in devising systems aimed at increasing the reversibility of joints used in the conservation of marble sculptures while... Read more
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The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest ever find of gold (c. 5kg) and silver (c. 1.5kg) metalwork from the early Anglo-Saxon period. It was discovered in 2009, near Hammerwich, north of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. NiC has been following the... Read more
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Welcome to the October issue of News in Conservation. We’re celebrating a big number – NiC is 50! Not exactly 50 years old but this is the 50th issue since NiC was first published in its current form in August 2007. NiC came about as a natural progression from the Bulletin, with an updated format and a more international focus to eventually become one of the first digital e-paper entirely dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the world’s artistic heritage. I’ll use this...

We are now able to list the full programme of panel discussions, speakers and studio tours for the 2015 Warsaw Student IIC 2015 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference - Making the transition, running from 15th to 17th October 2015. Now you can check what is being discussed and which of Warsaw’s highly-regarded conservations studios will open to participants - and how this fits in with the social programme too. We already have a number of participants from a range of countries who have registered for the conference specific studio tours on the Thursday to make best use of this unique opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ at institutions that reflect their particular areas of interest and work. To see what is on and when please go to the main conference page here.

17 Oct 2015
ITCC Agreement signing in Beijing © Mikkel Scharff 2015

A year to the day after the 2014 IIC Hong Kong Congress, the IIC International Training Centre for conservation (IIC-ITCC) was successfully launched on Sunday 22 September in Beijing.

The inaugural programme, jointly organised by IIC and the Palace Museum of China (PM), was focused preventive conservation and linked issues. The programme is being led by a teaching team of 9 distinguished speakers from IIC and the Palace Museum. Sarah Staniforth, President of IIC, Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum and Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong Government, together officiated at the opening ceremony and unveiled a commemorative plaque for the training centre.

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.

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