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Book Review: Provenance Research Today

Book cover, Provenance Research Today: Principles, Practice, Problems. Image courtesy of Lund Humphries.

Reviewed by Riza Hussaini

Provenance Research Today: Principles, Practice, Problems
Edited by Arthur Tompkins
Lund Humphries, London (December 2020)
Paperback / 224 Pages / $49.99 USD / £29.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781848222762

This publication could not have come at a better time. A few weeks into reviewing this volume, several news articles, documentaries and tools emerged regarding forgeries, illicit sales, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and repatriation of looted antiquities and art works.

Environmental sustainability in conservation: why should we care?

Image created by and provided by Marina Herriges.

By Marina Herriges

It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the call for action against climate change as well as the evidence of this global crisis, which we can watch first-hand. The United Nations acknowledges that climate change “is a global emergency that goes beyond national borders.” With this in mind, we conservators can do our part to contribute to this agenda, while also making our profession relevant to the world we all live in.

The International Trust for Croatian Monuments: Progress Report August 2021

Top row, from left to right: The plaster cast of Centauromachy following the earthquake damage and after its restoration; Damage in the Town Library in Petrinja Bottom row: St Nicholas and St Vitus church in Zazina, mid 18th century, where the organist was found in its ruins; A view of the display in the Museum of Casts in Zagreb; The second phase, polychromy, of the copy of a 15th century sculpture of Mother and Child; “Gloriette” in the Trsteno Arboretum.


This year our Trust, The International Trust for Croatian Monuments, reaches a significant milestone, 30 years since its foundation in 1991. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, many individuals, charitable foundations, journalists and publishers, for your moral and financial support throughout these years, without which we would have ceased to function long ago. And there is still work to be done.

Two recently digitized conservation films from the Brooklyn Museum Archive

A Future for the Past (1953). Film made by Caroline and Sheldon Keck at the Brooklyn Museum. Film and image published courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

Passionate about education, Sheldon and Caroline Keck constantly sought new technologies to advance knowledge of conservation materials and improve standards of collection care. Sheldon established the first conservation laboratory at Brooklyn Museum (BkM) in 1934 where he worked together with Caroline for over 30 years. During their tenure at the museum, the couple produced two films: "A Future for the Past" in 1954 and "The Hidden Life of a Painting" in 1962.

"News in Conservation" Call for Student Book Reviews

Three students reading. Drawings by Alexandra Taylor, NiC Book Reviews Coordinator

Attention all students!

Do you have any book recommendations? Would you like to write for NiC? We are looking for five current students to review conservation texts for News in Conservation.


With the following questions in mind, we’d like you to think about:

-What is a text that you would highly recommend to your peers?

-How did this book contribute to your educational experience?

-What did you find most challenging/stimulating in the text?

Winner Announced for the 2021 IIC First Time Author Essay Prize


We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 First Time Author Essay Prize,  given jointly by IIC and Taylor and Francis for a first paper published as lead author in Studies in Conservation.

The prize, now in its second year, is designed to showcase and give greater access to papers that are useful to IIC members and the profession generally - and to encourage more conservators to develop their career by publishing in Studies


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