IIC-ITCC 2019 training programme announced

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IIC-ITCC 2019 Workshop

‘Scientific Approaches to Ceramics and Glass Conservation’

Our 2019 workshop is now fully booked - but we expect to run a sixth workshop during 2020 linked to our IIC Congress topic of 'Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation'. If you don't already receive IIC newsletters, sign up at the foot of this page, and we will keep you informed of this and other opportunities as they emerge.

11 Nov -22 Nov 2019 │The Palace Museum, Beijing

Ceramics and glass have long served the everyday needs of mankind, reflecting themselves as products of human intelligence as well as cultural connotations of time.  Despite being durable and chemically inert, these objects are fragile, brittle and can be rather unstable due to various factors not limited to unfavourable environmental conditions, manufacturing defects and mishandling.  Stepping shortly into the third decade of the 21st century when technological development is advancing fast, conservators can now gain a deeper insight into the science of ceramic and glass conservation, and explore novel conservation approaches from unconventional perspectives in the long-term care of these conventional materials.

Led by distinguished specialists and academics, the 5th IIC-ITCC workshop co-organised by IIC and the Palace Museum in November 2019 will focus on the theme of ceramic and glass conservation.  It will be an intensive, 12-day theory-cum practical workshop for 24 mid-career conservation practitioners, bringing relevant issues from ethics, strategies, preventive measures, scientific analysis, interventive treatments to technological advancement into the limelight, with a view to addressing the operational needs and unprecedented challenges as faced by ceramic and glass conservators today.  


Beginning with an overview to address prevailing practices on preventive conservation and non-destructive analysis, the workshop will be followed by thematic sessions combining lectures, case studies, demonstrations, group discussions and hands-on work in the Palace Museum’s new purpose-equipped ‘Hospital for Conservation’ to examine various types of ceramic and glass materials and associated conservation problems amidst the latest trend, recent advances and current best practices in ceramic and glass conservation.  In addition, participants will be able to draw on the extensive studies of the comprehensive ceramic and glass collections in the Palace Museum.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to develop a thorough understanding on the key principles and themes in the conservation of ceramic and glass, which are essential to the formulation and execution of appropriate conservation strategies in the management of their ceramic and glass collections at their home institutions.  


  • Preventive conservation and non-destructive analysis
  • Storage, handling, transportation and mounting
  • Aging and deterioration
  • Cleaning, consolidation, assembly, compensation and finishing
  • Consolidants and adhesives
  • Thin-section petrography
  • Ethical issues and re-restoration
  • Current approaches and best practices


  1. Sarah Staniforth – President Emeritus, IIC (UK)
  2. Jixiang Shan – Director of Gugong Institute (China)
  3. Chandra Reedy –University of Delaware (US)
  4. Austin Nevin –University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
  5. Norman Tennent - University of Texas at Dallas (US)/University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  6. Frankie Halahan –Halahan Associates (UK)
  7. Jirong Song – Director of the Hospital for Conservation of The Palace Museum /  Director of the Scientific Institute for Conservation of the Palace Museum(China)
  8. Ningchang Shi– The Palace Museum (China)
  9. Yong Lei – The Palace Museum (China)
  10. Wusheng Wang– The Palace Museum (China)


The workshop is open to a maximum of 24 participants who:

  1. Are conservators, conservation scientists and related professionals with a tertiary education background and current involvement in the field of ceramics / glass conservation;
  2. Possess 5 years of working experience directly related to conservation for ceramics/ glass collections; preference will be given to candidates working in institutions (e.g. museums, universities, research institutions etc.);
  3. Have a good command of written and spoken English*

*The workshop is conducted in English and a high level of interaction is expected throughout the course.


  1. There is no fee for the workshop, but full attendance during the workshop period is required.
  2. For participants residing outside mainland China, IIC-ITCC will cover the costs of round-trip travel from his/her country of origin and hotel accommodation during the workshop period; participants residing in mainland China should seek institutional funding to support their attendance costs.

Expenses for meals, visa application, travel insurance, local transportation and expense in Beijing shall be borne by participants.


For international applicants, please download the application form and guidelines from the attachments at the bottom of this webpage. Applicants should describe in the personal statement the relevance of the workshop to their day-to-day work and the potential benefits of this training opportunity to their professional development.

Completed application form and any enquiries regarding the IIC-ITCC 2019 Programme should be sent to iic-itcc@lcsd.gov.hk before the deadline on Wednesday 1st May 2019. All applicants will informed by late-May of their application results.

For applicants residing in China, please follow the application guidelines on the Palace Museum website and submit your application form to iicitcc@126.com

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Monday, 11 November, 2019 - 00:00