COP26: send us your conservation short films

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One major strand of our work towards COP26, the major climate conference taking place in Glasgow this November, will be a film presenting how the climate emergency is impacting on cultural heritage. We will be bringing this together in early October from footage and short films supplied by IIC members and other colleagues from around the world.

Please consider contributing to our film by 30 September - find out below what we're looking for, and how to send us your footage. Don't worry if you are a beginner, or capturing film on your phone or iPad - we would love to have your submission if you have an interesting story to tell.

A snapshot of the world - from remote deserts to city museums

The work of conservators brings us into every possible setting - from remote archaeological sites in forests or deserts, to museums and iconic buildings in towns and cities. This gives us a unique insight into how the climate emergency is affecting cultural heritage and the wider environment, whether that's collections affected by incursions by insects and temperature changes or the destabilisation of whole sites as well as a look at the nature-focused solutions and sustainable practices pioneered within our profession.
We want to bring together a highly visual mini documentary showcasing not just the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage, the work, opportunities and challenges faced by conservators and cultural heritage professionals - focusing on objects being conserved, footage from museums, heritage sites and outside in natural environments. We would love to have some talking heads in the mix, describing your projects - but we are keen to get away from the "zoom screen" and out into the wider world where that is possible.
Our ambition is to also capture the global nature of IIC with examples from every continent. With only a little time to draw material together, we are appointing an experienced film editor, and are keen to collect filmed material from you all that fits with the broad theme. 
Your film could consist of:
  •  New footage that you record now, with or without a voice over, showing a collection item, heritage site or natural feature that you would like to discuss. If you would like to drop us a line with any queries before making new footage, please do. New films should be brief - probably around 1 - 3 minutes, but again get in touch if you are interested in creating a longer piece.
  • Existing material, drawn from your archives or another project that speaks to this theme, where it's likely we could obtain permission from the copyright holders to use an excerpt.
The film should come with a short written summary, giving an overview of your project, any related website and a couple of sentences on how your work relates to themes around climate and conservation.
Don't worry if you are new to film-making! Our editor can work with a variety of styles, from silent footage to a quite finished mini-presentation.

How to upload your film

Members should have received a link to the project Dropbox. If you don't have the link, please email the office at, and we will send it across.

First, fill out the copyright form (downloadable at the bottom of this page)

Please title all your files for upload with your full name.  This is so we can correctly identify each file. We will also include a formal acknowledgement to your work, which will accompany the film at the COP26 UN Climate Conference.

When you click the Dropbox link to upload your film, copyright form and short summary, please respond to the cookie message (accept or choose preferences) before you start your upload - it may otherwise cause it to fail.

Then please upload:

- your film or footage
- your short introduction to what it shows (2 - 300 words should be plenty)
- the copyright form

Then simply give your name and email in the prompt box, and  upload all to the Dropbox. When the upload is complete you should see a page confirming that it is sent. If you have any problems with uploading, or are unsure whether your file is sent, again, just drop us a line at before 30 September.

What happens next?

We will be reviewing films as they come in over September, and will be in touch to let you know if your submission will be part of the COP26 film, or if we would like to ask about using it in other ways, to advance the crucial environmental sustainability agenda.

Image courtesy of Saiful Bakhri. See more in the latest edition of News in Conservation on using citronella to remove moss and lichen from stone.

Thursday, 30 September, 2021 - 23:45