On the loss of hand skills in Conservation By Jonathan Ashley Smith

Copyright Barbara Borghese

The nature of conservation practice is constantly changing. This constant change is reflected in the theme of next year’s IIC congress Preventive Conservation: the State of the Art. The call for papers stated that ‘the field has developed enormously since 1994: preventive conservation has a central position in museum, site and heritage management.’ As a profession, conservation is obviously proud of change, which is a bit ironic since conservation is concerned with attempts to prevent, inhibit, slow down or even reverse change.

Third IIC-ITCC course concludes in Beijing

© Casey Liu

The third IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) course took place in Beijing from 14-22 November 2017. With the focus on textile conservation, 23 mid-career conservation professionals, 12 from China and 11 from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, New Zealand, Serbia and Vietnam, attended this intensive hands-on workshop which took place in the newly established ‘Hospital for Conservation’ at the Palace Museum, also the largest science institution for heritage conservation in China. Prior to the opening ceremony, participants were privileged to be given a preview of the Hospital guided by Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum.

A microbiological challenge in the protection of the sandstone Angkor monuments in Cambodia By Ji-Dong Gu + Yoko Katayama

© Ji-Dong Gu

The Khmer Empire was thriving at its peak in the 9-12th centuries CE with a large territory in South Asia including what is now Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and other countries. A large number of temples were built under different kings and some of the best known today include Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple of Angkor Thom in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.
These temples are valuable cultural heritage examples for the study of the Khmer civilization of the past and also serve as major tourism attractions for the local economy today. They were composed structurally of sandstone, mainly from the Kulen Mountain, which still serves as a major source of building material today.

IAP CPD Course: Conservation of Glass

Tutor(s): Stephen Koob
Price(s): £565.00
Places available: 10
Location: Eugeniusz Geppert Academy Of Art And Design

This practical course, to be held at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy Of Art And Design, The Ceramic And Glass Faculty, University of Wroclaw, Poland covers the principles and practice of historical and archaeological glass cleaning, care, conservation and restoration.

18 Jun 2018 to 22 Jun 2018

IAP Course: Digital Photography of Museum Objects

Tutor(s): Stuart Laidlaw and Mike Halliwell
Price(s): £345.00
Places available: 10
Location: London, Institute of Archaeology

This two day practical course is for those who wish to optimise the results they are obtaining using digital equipment to record images of museum objects. Whilst there will be discussions on the use and choice of digital cameras the emphasis will be on practical photographic and lighting techniques and on how to manipulate the resultant digital images for use in reports, exhibition catalogues etc.

12 Jun 2018 to 13 Jun 2018

Paper Conservation Internship

Joint Paper Conservation Internship: Rakow Research Library & West Lake Conservators

The Rakow Research Library at The Corning Museum of Glass and West Lake Conservators are excited to offer two positions for joint internships in the field of paper and photograph conservation.

Application deadline: 
1 Apr 2018

2018 Keck Award – Call for applications

Every two years an award is offered to the individual or group who, in the opinion of IIC Council, has done most to further public appreciation of what the conservation profession achieves. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £1000, presented at the biennial IIC Congress.

Details of previous award winners can be found on the IIC website at the Keck Awards page.

Monday, 2 April, 2018

Conservation Digitisation Internship

Conservation Internship in Digitisation (British Library, The National Archives, Bodleian Libraries)
Salary is £21,000 pa Full Time (36 hours per week over 5 days)
Fixed-Term for 2-years
9 months British Library, 9 months The National Archives, 6 months Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Application deadline: 
4 Mar 2018


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