Sunday, 13 November, 2016 - 08:00 to Friday, 18 November, 2016 - 08:00
Theme: Non-destructive Analysis in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Dates: 13-18 November 2016
Venue: The Gugong Institute of the Palace Museum, Beijing, China
Every autumn, IIC-ITCC runs a thematic training at the Palace Museum (PM) for conservation practitioners from China and around the world, particularly countries in need of training support in conservation. Spanning a full week in Beijing, the programme aims to expose participants to various aspects of specialist knowledge in relation to the selected conservation topic, to develop skills, disseminate best practice and create a global network of colleagues for future collaboration. With the experience gained in running the pilot workshop, the 2016 Programme took place successfully from 13 to 18 November, welcoming 24 fellows from 13 countries whose day-to-day duties involved primarily the application of ‘Non-destructive Analysis in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage’ – the theme of the 2016 workshop, delivered by six distinguished specialists in this highly specialized field that is becoming more accessible and popular in museum conservation. With the aim of training conservation scientists in both the theory and application of non-destructive analysis, this 6-day course informed participants of the new methods that are best suited for specific problems in the museum context and the associated challenges that arise when analysing museum objects. Participants were guided in the basics of operating associated analytical equipment, and had explored the advantages and limitations of different techniques. They also compared the use of different static facilities and portable equipment. At the conclusion of the course, participants were better informed of the appropriate non-destructive analytical approaches to solve practical cases in their own particular situations. The course was conducted in English, combining theory and practice by means of pre-course preparation, lectures, case studies, discussions, demonstration and practical session in the conservation laboratories, museum visits and excursions.