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Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art

During the last quarter of a century preventive conservation has developed greatly, moving to the centre stage of museum, site and heritage management. The 27th Biennial Congress attracted the best minds in conservation from around the world. Hundreds of people from over 53 countries came together to generate discussion and explored the biggest issues that exercise our field.

The Congress is now over, but you can get a flavour of what happened on our blogs  covering most sessions which you can view here . Many also tweeted about the Congress at #IICTurin2018. You can also watch the whole of our Point of the Matter Dialogue 'Culture Cannot Wait' here.

We were also pleased that XpectralTEK supported two Poster Prizes. The prizes were presented at the Closing Ceremony on Friday 14 September 2018,  further details will be available shortly promoting the winning and commended posters.

A special feature of this year's Congress was the joint IIC ‘Point of the Matter’ Dialogue on Wednesday 12 September 2018, 11am to 12.45pm - Culture Cannot Wait: Integrating Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crisesorganised in collaboration with ICCROM (the International Conservation Centre in Rome). You can read more about the Dialogue on our blog here and we will shortly have a recording of the session available to view.

Read all about it here.

Our Point of the Matter Dialogue “Culture Cannot Wait: Integrating  Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crises” was delivered at the Turin Congress on September 12 2018,  organised in conjunction with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). You can now watch the whole film here.

IIC is deeply dismayed to hear the terrible news of the devastating fire that has consumed the National Museum of Brazil, the country's oldest and most distinguished museum. Situated in the former Imperial palace of São Cristóvão, the fire appears to have also destroyed its extraordinary and unique collection of some 20 million specimens and artefacts.

Emergency evacuation at Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum coordinated by Nepal army in 2015; Photo: Aparna Tandon, ICCROM

Emergency evacuation at Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum coordinated
by Nepal army in 2015; Photo: Aparna Tandon, ICCROM

IIC Point of the Matter Dialogue in Turin, Italy on 12 September 2018


In early September seven remarkable speakers including conservators, soldiers and firefighters will explore why preserving heritage is essential for the psycho-social recovery of societies. IIC in collaboration with ICCROM will be hosting a panel discussion as part of the Point of the Matter Dialogue series, bringing together seven specialists who have worked to conserve heritage through war, earthquakes and disaster.

IIC are saddened to hear of the recent death of IIC Honorary Fellow Robert L Feller. A research scientist by training, Bob Feller was the first National Gallery of Art Fellow at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh in 1950, where he spent his entire career until his retirement in 1988. His research work focused on the evaluation of artist's paints, papers and varnishes, and led to over 100 publications. His work was critical in bringing about the widespread use of stable polymers such as Acryloid/Paraloid B-72 in conservation along with ISO Blue Wool standards as dosimeters for light exposure.

A full obituary will be carried in the October edition of IIC’s <em>News in Conservation.</em>

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 to continue to enjoy access to IIC's professional publications and events, networks and resources. 

Read on to find out more about the year ahead.

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.