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INDIA - The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, a monumental complex located close to the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, is the object of a conservation plan that will span a period of 10 years aiming at repairing cracks and bulges, and replacing missin

Archaeologists Brendan Foley, Theotokis Theodoulou and Alex Tourtas excavate the Antikythera Shipwreck skeletal remains, assisted by Nikolas Giannoulakis and Gemma Smith © Brett Seymour, EUA/WHOI/ARGO
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GREECE - An international research team discovered a human skeleton during its ongoing excavation of the Antikythera Shipwreck (circa 65 B.C.) a ship discovered and salvaged in 1900 by Greek sponge divers and considered the largest shipwreck ever

Reproduction of heat modelling process
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This article is an updated text version of the poster presented by Raimundo Milton and Joana Lia Ferreira at the IIC Los Angeles Congress. Their work was selected as the winner of the Student Poster prize.

Bright yellow embroidered silk robe with dragons among clouds. Made for an Empress. 1770-1820 (embroidered). © The Victoria & Albert Museum
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This newly completed interdisciplinary doctoral research undertaken at the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow, built up the first complete picture of textile dyeing techniques in the Ming and Qing Dyna

Participants on the first day of the 2016 IIC-ITCC course in Beijing

The second thematic workshop in the IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) series has successfully opened at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The workshop for 2016 focuses on the topic of "Non-Destructive Analysis in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage" and the 24 participants from around the world are taking part in a series of sessions led by a group of eight IIC Fellows and specialists from the Palace Museum.

IIC holds an Annual General Meeting every year which every IIC Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Individual member and student member is invited to attend. The Annual General Meeting is to allow Council (IIC’s charity trustees) to explain their management of the Institute to the members and it also provides members with an opportunity to ask questions before voting on the business items on the agenda, and to elect, or re-elect, members of Council to run the Institute for the next twelve months.

24 Nov 2016

The full blog from the IIC 2016 Congress has been growing with - with the final posts just added. Together they make for a great review of what was a busy, enjoyable and important week in conservation. Many new ideas and research projects were reported on and discussed, offering the opportunity for learning, sharing and some vigorous discussion! There were also the hugely enjoyable tours and social events in and around Los Angeles, which gave us a unique chance to see behind the scenes of the vibrant and constantly changing cultural centre that is LA.

Please visit the blog here - this will give you a chance to see what the 2106 Congress was all about, or perhaps revisit cherished memories!

Welcome to the October issue of NiC. The 2016 IIC Congress that took place in Los Angeles just concluded and as I look once again at the titles of the papers and posters presented during this edition, I can’t help feeling overwhelmed by the realisation of how far the field of contemporary art conservation has come in the past few years. In particular I am so very impressed by the work students and emerging conservators are doing and I’m happy to have this space allowing me to share some...
De-installation of the blue whale skeleton, carried out while the public gallery remained open. ©The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

IIC is pleased to announce that the 2016 IIC Keck Award is awarded to the Natural History Museum, London, UK, for their ‘Blue Whale Project’. The Award itself was presented at the 2016 Los Angeles Congress.

The project
In September 2015, the Natural History Museum’s conservation team began the work of checking, cleaning and dismantling a 25 metre long, 4.5 tonne blue whale skeleton. The specimen had been on public display in the Mammals Hall of the Museum since 1934, and will be re-suspended from the ceiling of the Museum’s main Hintze Hall from the summer of 2017. The whale will take the place of the Diplodocus cast that has stood in the Museum’s main entrance for 35 years.