©Opificio delle Pietre Dure
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FLORENCE - After the conclusion of a lengthy conservation project, the Italian president Sergio Mattarella attended the unveiling of Giorgio Vasari’s Last Supper (1543).

©Daniel Schwen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
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MEXICO - A multidisciplinary group of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), has confirmed the existence of a second substructure located inside the Kukulk

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This project was first presented as a poster at the 2016 IIC Los Angeles Congress. The poster was selected as the best technical poster and the version presented here is an article update from the original work.

© Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
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Founded by Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, in 1816 ‘for the Increase of Learning’, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is celebrating its bicentenary with a special exhibition, COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts.

This will be part of the IIC’s Point of the Matter Dialogues series

Preventive conservation has moved to the centre stage of museum, site and heritage management, contributing to the sustainability of organisations as well as the care of their collections.

Panel members:

  • Austin Nevin, IIC Council member and Chair of Congress Technical Committee (Chair)
  • Sarah Staniforth, President IIC
  • Stefan Michalski, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Tom Learner, Head of Science Getty Conservation Institute
  • Anna Bülow, Head of Conservation, British Museum and Assistant Co-ordinator ICOM-CC Preventive Conservation Working Group

This Talk is open to all, not just members of IIC and will be followed by a reception, to which all are welcome.

Notice is hereby given that the sixty-sixth Annual General Meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 6.00 pm for the following purposes:

1. To receive and consider the Reports of the Council and the Auditors and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2016 (sent out to all members and also downloadable from this page of the IIC web-site.

2. To re-appoint Kingston Smith as Auditors to The Institute and to authorise the Council to fix their remuneration for the ensuing year.

23 Jan 2017

Bonnie Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
5th Avenue & 82nd Street,
New York City

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
2:30-5:00 pm

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Historic events of the past years have highlighted art as a creative means of social expression as well as a powerful tool used during social protests. A few images and words scribbled on a collection of post-it-notes or a graphically designed phrase captured in a Tweet heard around the world have had an unexpectedly lasting influence. But what happens to the art works when the protesters leave? Were they ever intended to be collected or preserved? Is there precedence for archiving these ephemeral materials? Who is collecting them? How do we preserve the intent and impact of these creative works for posterity? Archiving this form of cultural heritage presents many challenges.
The IIC will bring together six exceptional individuals to explore these issues at the latest roundtable discussion in IIC’s dialogues initiative. A curator, a sociologist, a conservator, an activist and academic, a librarian/archivist and a historian will explore with you these complex and relevant issues.

4th January 2017 - 3.00 pm GMT

Access to electronic papers from Studies in Conservation and associated IIC publications via Taylor & Francis Online has now been restored to normal service after the recent technical issues that limited access for some IIC members.

If you do continue to experience problems with access to Studies in Conservation and associated IIC publications via Taylor & Francis Online please contact the IIC office.

Welcome to the December issue of NiC, the last one of 2016. Invariably this time of the year tends to be a time to reflect on the events of the past twelve months, at personal and professional level. I was browsing old covers of NiC and had very mixed feelings about 2016 with so much of the world’s political events having a direct effect in the world of conservation and preservation! While more news of heritage destruction in the Middle East have kept coming in, I was also happy to share...
Participants on the first day of the 2016 IIC-ITCC course in Beijing

The second thematic workshop in the IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) series has successfully opened at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The workshop for 2016 focuses on the topic of "Non-Destructive Analysis in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage" and the 24 participants from around the world are taking part in a series of sessions led by a group of eight IIC Fellows and specialists from the Palace Museum.

The full blog from the IIC 2016 Congress has been growing with - with the final posts just added. Together they make for a great review of what was a busy, enjoyable and important week in conservation. Many new ideas and research projects were reported on and discussed, offering the opportunity for learning, sharing and some vigorous discussion! There were also the hugely enjoyable tours and social events in and around Los Angeles, which gave us a unique chance to see behind the scenes of the vibrant and constantly changing cultural centre that is LA.

Please visit the blog here - this will give you a chance to see what the 2106 Congress was all about, or perhaps revisit cherished memories!