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Results of our Member Survey

In late 2018, we ran a survey for our members in partnership with Taylor & Francis. The purpose was to discover what is working well for all our members at every career stage, what we could do better and what new initiatives respondents would like to see. The survey also gives a fascinating snapshot of the international reach of our organisation.

You can read a (completely anonymised) summary report of major points at the bottom of this page, but we have already improved some key areas in 2018:

Reflections on the 2018 IIC Congress in Turin

Image of Gaël de Guichen. Courtesy of the author

By Gaël de Guichen


In the 1980s, when the term “preventive conservation” started to be used more widely, for a large majority of professionals preventive conservation focused mainly on light and climate control, as illustrated by Garry Thomson’s book The Museum Environment.

Taihe Forum on Protecting the World’s Ancient Civilisations

Austin Nevin and Song Jirong at the Taihe Forum, Palace Museum, Beijing. Image courtesy of Austin Nevin

Review by Austin Nevin

From 16-18 September 2018 the Palace Museum in Beijing hosted the third annual Taihe Forum on Protecting the World's Ancient Civilisations, bringing together experts and scholars from China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Italy, Germany Greece, Lebanon, Mexico and Syria. The three-day forum was co-organised by the Museum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

APOYOnline: Managing Emergencies in Cultural Heritage

Group photo of conference participants at the APOYOnline 2018 Conference in Antigua, Guatemala. Image courtesy of APOYOnline

Review by Rosanna Kuon

APOYOnline - Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas, is a non-profit organization that promotes professional development in the field of heritage preservation in Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries and cultures in the Americas. APOYOnline organized the 2nd Regional Conference and Workshops on Heritage Preservation, held in Antigua, Guatemala, from October 2nd to 5th in 2018 (the 1st Regional Conference was held in Medellin, Colombia).

My Perspective on the IIC 2018 Turin Congress as a Student in Preventive Conservation

Michael Henry (University of Pennsylvania), Melissa King (WUDPAC), and Dr. Joelle Wickens (Winterthur/University of Delaware) at the congress banquet dinner. (Image taken by Jenifer Bosworth).

By Melissa King

Thanks in part to the generous award from the Brommelle Memorial Fund, I was able to travel to Turin, Italy in early September to attend the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) 27th Biennial Congress—my first international conference. Having studied in Italy as an undergraduate student, I was elated to return to the country and embrace the culture, the arts, the language, and especially the food.

In Memoriam: David Lowenthal (1923-2018)

David Lowenthal. Image courtesy of the American Association of Geographers.

By Jerry Podany

The first sentence of the cover page for David Lowenthal’s most recent book The Past is a Foreign Country: Revisited, an updated version of his 1985 seminal work, notes, “The past is past, but survives in and all around us… .”

Indeed, that might be said of David himself who, on September 15, 2018, at 95, died at his home in London. He is gone, but survives in and all around those of us fortunate enough to have benefitted from his profound insights and in those yet to discover his writings.

Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation, Published by IIC Austria

Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation, book cover. Image courtesy of  IIC Austria

Founded by Manfred Koller and issued by IIC Austria, the Restauratorenblätter - Papers in Conservation has been an open forum for professionals dealing with current topics related to the protection of cultural heritage for over 30 years. The peer-reviewed papers have been published bilingually in German and English, since 2014.

2019 Annual General Meeting, AGM Talk and Reception, 28th January 2019

IIC holds an Annual General Meeting every year which every IIC Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Individual member and student member is invited to attend. The Annual General Meeting is to allow Council (IIC’s charity trustees) to explain their management of the Institute to the members and it also provides members with an opportunity to ask questions before voting on the business items on the agenda, and to elect, or re-elect, members of Council to run the Institute for the next twelve months.

Art Analysis & Research: Analysis of a group of paintings by leading Russian Avant-Garde artists in the Museum Ludwig

Examination of artworks at Museum Ludwig by Art Analysis & Research. From left to right, Petra Mandt (Conservator of Paintings, Museum Ludwig), Dr Jilleen Nadolny (Principal Investigator, Art Analysis & Research and Project Manager), Verena Franken (Independent researcher and Cologne project coordinator). Absent, Dr Nicholas Eastaugh (Chief Scientist, AA&R).  © Museum Ludwig, 2017. All rights reserved.

By Dr. Jilleen Nadolny

While the importance of an artwork’s materials and techniques is a given for conservators and technical art historians, the same is now being recognized by the larger art world. As the value of such information is changing, players in the art market are taking advantage of the important contributions that can be made by material studies of artworks, which can be applied not only to their preservation, but which are also applicable in a much wider context.


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