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.

Welcome to the August issue of NiC. We have been in ‘countdown mode’ for the past few weeks and now that the date of the IIC Los Angeles Congress is finally approaching we hope many of you will join us in what promises to be an amazing event. In order to wet your appetite, IIC met and interviewed Jamie Goldblatt Manné, Director of the Marciano Art Foundation, and conservator Tatyana Thompson to talk about the Marciano Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the venues participants will be able...

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been awarded the biennial Forbes Prize for conspicuous services to Conservation by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, its highest honour. Carol Mancusi-Ungaro is the twenty-fourth recipient of the Prize. The Forbes Prize, which includes delivering a lecture, will be delivered and presented at the 2016 IIC Congress (22nd to 16th September 2016) in Los Angeles ( see here for more details on the Congress).

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