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The city of Sisak, located southeast of Croatia’s capital Zagreb, boasts a unique sculpture park, comprising thirty-eight outdoor sculptures created between 1971 and 1990. The park was created by the prominent sculptors of what was then Yugoslavia... Read more
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Printed by artist Chen Qi just under twenty-five years ago, the two contemporary Chinese woodblock prints ‘Qin No. 2’ and ‘Bridge’ showed heavy foxing-like discolouration ranging from light yellow-ochre to dark red-brown. A hybrid treatment... Read more
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In the summer of 2014 the Institute of Conservation of the University of Applied Arts Vienna welcomed a group of students and teaching staff from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. Twelve conservation students and two museology students from... Read more

IIC’s third Student & Emerging Conservator Conference will be held on the 15th & 16th October 2015. Following on from the successful 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 three areas of:
- Differences in the conservation education systems of different countries and how these can help - or not.
- The first steps after a graduation: supplementing academic qualifications with practical training, workplace / job experience and volunteering. Mentors and Trade Union / Professional Body support.
- The Conservator with more than five years’ experience: specifically, how can networking make a difference for younger professionals (under 35) and what national / local legal barriers have been encountered by them?

Contemporary Art delivers contemporary problems to the conservation community…and may mean that we deconstruct and re-invent ‘standard’ conservation thinking and practice.
Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works, IIC’s 2016 Congress, (12 - 16 September 2016) links so very well with its setting, Los Angeles, in allowing things to be looked at in very different and new ways.

This can be a minefield – or a source of new and creative approaches to heritage conservation. As we move ahead with new artists, new materials, new concepts of what creativity is, we must adapt what conservation involves and tries to achieve. We may borrow from other areas of skill and expertise in doing this. We may change our concepts of what conservation is there to do in the first place …

If you have not already renewed your IIC membership for 2015 - 2016 please use the IIC web-site to renew: follow the Renewal instructions on the right hand side of the front page. We will be sending out renewal reminder forms by post to members who have not already paid their membership fee; if you use the paper form to renew please do not renew on the web-site as well.
The membership rates for 2015 - 2016 have been held at the same level as for the previous year!

It’s all about taking part …

IIC continues to grow and develop – through your efforts and support. We value your involvement very much. By renewing your membership for 2015, you continue to be part of the exciting and developing community that is IIC, the International Institute for Conservation.

View of the Palace Museum, Beijing © Palace Museum, Beijing

IIC and the Palace Museum in Beijing, which holds the largest collection of cultural relics in China, will join hands to offer training opportunities for conservators from China, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond under the newly established IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) at the Palace Museum.

19 Jun 2015
Welcome to the June edition of News in Conservation. At the time of going to press you may have already seen the announcement for the IIC Student & Emerging Professional Conference, nevertheless I’m very excited to break the news to the ones among you that had not yet learned the news. The third offering will be held in Warsaw, Poland hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts and will focus on making the transition. More details including booking information will come soon, watch this...

A message from Bijan Rouhani, ICOMOS- Blue Shield

The 25th April Earthquake in Nepal has caused the loss of more than 5000 lives and also has caused destruction and severe damage to the historic centre of Kathmandu and other heritage sites throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Earthquake-related damage has been reported throughout the region.

Our colleagues in ICOMOS-ICORP and ICCROM have started the Kathmandu Cultural Emergency Crowdmap, which aims to collect information on the damage caused to cultural heritage sites and institutions in Nepal.

This initiative is co-ordinated by Ms Aparna Tandon, ICCROM project specialist, and Mr Rohit Jigyasu, President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness–ICORP and other partners.

Please would you help by and circulating the links below among your networks in IIC, ICOM, IFLA, and ICA and help to collect information about damaged cultural heritage sites and institutions in Nepal.

Chris Burden Urban Light, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign" (M.2007.147.1-.202) Photo © Museum Associates/ LACMA

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12-16 September 2016

Welcome to Los Angeles!

Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works

IIC and INCCA, international organisations with members worldwide, are coming together to offer opportunities for conservators of contemporary culture to cross such boundaries and engage with diverse approaches to ethics, values and conservation approaches from a variety of cultures, disciplines and geographical regions.

Call for Papers and Posters

We now invite the submission of proposals for papers and posters to be presented at the 2016 Congress. Please note that on this occasion we are issuing a simultaneous call for paper and poster proposals: there will be no later separate call for posters. We are looking for new and original, unpublished work, relevant to the Congress theme and to conservation. We are also looking for an awareness of the need for ethical treatments. Multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

15 Jun 2015

IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, condemns the destruction of the ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud, Iraq, by Islamic State militants.

This city, founded in the 13th century BCE , is of inestimable cultural importance not only for Iraq, but for the development of civilisation as a whole. There can be no justification for calculated desecration of and damage to this irreplaceable site, or to other ancient archaeological sites here and in other parts of the world.

News in Conservation's February 2015 issue contains a number of new articles on the related conflict in Syria in particular and the effects this is having on cultural issues in these troubled areas and tells first-hand of local issues and experiences.

In January 2015 IIC’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Council Room of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London. In the course of the event, the IIC Council presented an Honorary Fellowship to John Stuart Mills.
John Mills is probably best known for The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, which he wrote with Raymond White: the indispensable ‘Mills and White’, which first appeared in 1987, has a place on most museum laboratory bookshelves. However, this is only the culmination of a very long career and a great many publications, most, but not all, in the field of natural product chemistry, in particular steroids, resins and drying oils and their analysis.
To learn more about John’s career and achievements go to:

IIC, together with ICOM-CC , the International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation, is pleased to announce a joint Declaration on Environmental Guidelines. Developed by the two organisations over the last eighteen months and finalised at recent conferences in Melbourne, Australia ( ICOM-CC) and Hong Kong (IIC), the declaration provides guidance for collecting institutions , both large and small, on how to provide sustainably responsible environmental conditions for collections.

For further details, contact Sarah Staniforth, President of IIC on or Graham Voce, Executive Secretary of IIC on and +44 (0)20 7799 5500.