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The nature of conservation practice is constantly changing. This constant change is reflected in the theme of next year’s IIC congress Preventive Conservation: the State of the Art.

© Casey Liu
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The third IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) course took place in Beijing from 14-22 November 2017. With the focus on textile conservation, 23 mid-career conservation professionals, 12 from China and 11 from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, New Zealand, Serbia and Vietnam, attended this intensive hands-on workshop which took place in the newly established ‘Hospital for Conservation’ at the Palace Museum, also the largest science institution for heritage conservation in China. Prior to the opening ceremony, participants were privileged to be given a preview of the Hospital guided by Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum.

© Ji-Dong Gu
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The Khmer Empire was thriving at its peak in the 9-12th centuries CE with a large territory in South Asia including what is now Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and other countries. A large number of temples were built under different kings and some of the best known today include Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple of Angkor Thom in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.
These temples are valuable cultural heritage examples for the study of the Khmer civilization of the past and also serve as major tourism attractions for the local economy today. They were composed structurally of sandstone, mainly from the Kulen Mountain, which still serves as a major source of building material today.

Head, hands & heart © HKB 2017
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IIC’s fourth Student & Emerging Conservator Conference was held in Bern on the 12th & 13th October 2017. Following on from the successful 2015 (Warsaw), 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 way ahead. The title of the 2017 conference is inspired by the Swiss educational philosopher Joachim Pestalozzi, whose credo of 'Learning with Head, Heart, and Hands' is also very applicable to the conservation profession.

Notice is hereby given that the sixty-eighth Annual General Meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, on Monday 22nd January 2018 at 6.00 pm.

Deadline:
23 Jan 2018
IIC 2018 Call for Student Posters

IIC is delighted to announce that the 2018 Congress will host its fifth Student Poster Session, which will give students and recent graduates the opportunity to communicate their projects in a special section of the congress poster display. The aim of this session is to provide a peer-reviewed platform for research and work on conservation projects being undertaken by students and recent graduates. This is an opportunity for those who are starting out in the field to take part in an international conference. Student posters will be displayed prominently and, as with the main poster session, there will be a programmed session giving delegates the opportunity to speak to poster authors. A PDF-format file of your poster will also be welcomed at a later stage for display on the IIC website.

Deadline:
30 Jan 2018

This week IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, welcomes Sarah Stannage as the Institute’s first Executive Director. Sarah starts her new role, focussing on strategic development of IIC, on 1 January 2018 and will join the Institute’s present staff of three.

Sarah Stannage said: “It is an enormous honour to take on this new role within an organisation that plays such an important role in promoting conservation all around the world. The dedication of Fellows and members who commit their time to support the IIC is truly inspirational. I am looking forward very much to working with Council, Fellows, members of IIC and the team at the IIC Office as we lead the organisation on the next stage of its journey”.

Welcome to the December issue of NiC. As the year is drawing to a close, one often feels the need to look back at the past twelve months and ponder on events, achievements and perhaps unfulfilled goals. In the past year NiC has once again changed skin with a look mirroring the new IIC brand which I hope by now readers will have become familiar with. What is unchanged, however, is the original aim of bringing conservation news to a wider international audience and facilitate the sharing of...
Symposium venue: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong welcomes you!
Conservation and museum professionals are cordially invited to join the textile conservation symposium entitled 'Unroll and Unfold: Preserving Textiles and Thangkas to Last' jointly presented by IIC, the Palace Museum in Beijing and the Conservation Office of the Hong Kong SAR.

Photo taken by Casey Liu; copyright IIC-ITCC 2017

The third thematic workshop in the IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) series has successfully opened on 14 November. With the focus on textile conservation, 23 mid-career conservation professionals, representing a spectacular variety of backgrounds from around the world, have been selected to attend this intensive hands on workshop. The workshop is now taking place for the first time in the newly established ‘Hospital for Conservation’ at the Palace Museum, also the largest science institution for heritage conservation in China. Prior to the opening ceremony, participants were privileged to be given a preview of the Hospital guided by Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum.

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