About the Congress

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IIC Council and New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material: Pū Maanaki Kahurangi, were delighted that the congress took place in a hybrid format, promoting a more sustainable and 'climate friendly' event.

Our aim was to make the congress an accessible and inclusive event for all through online international programming as well as offering the opportunity for local in-person events, networking and experience of the unique culture and heritage that Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer.

The Congress theme is ‘Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership’.

The role of conservation in shaping, saving and sharing our cultural heritage is sometimes represented as an opposition to change, as being tied to maintaining and reinforcing the status quo. This conference aims to challenge such a pre-conception. The 29th Congress will explore how and why conservators respond to, adapt to or lead change.

The programme topics covered include:

  • Challenging conservation approaches in response to historical, social and environmental challenges
  • The changing role of conservation in communities
  • The development or implementation of shared, collaborative or co-designed conservation treatments, approaches or methodologies.
  • Mitigating or adapting to the effects of climate change
  • Role of conservation in sustainable development
  • The role of conservation in repatriation of cultural materials and challenging colonial practice
  • Scientific research that promotes or informs changes in conservation practice
  • Traditional vs. new approaches to leading and managing conservation

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