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Memphis Belle to shine again after restoration

© U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser

DAYTON, Ohio - A restoration team from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has completed a project to restore the iconic Memphis Belle™, a Boing B-17F aircraft which completed 25 combat missions over Europe during World War II and return home safe. The famed aircraft and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany.

Thangka Treatments: Forty Years Hindsight by Ann Shaftel

A Buddhist teacher looking at the two thangkas, still in their original textile mountings, in my studio, 1995. ©Ann Shaftel

The following article, written by Ann Shaftel, gives us a precious insight in the development of a treatment methodology for Thangka paintings, developed during a career lifespan of over forty years. The author, prompted by a request from an emerging conservator, recalls her choices and explains them in the context of a different time, when methodology for such items was still in its infancy.

Physical and Chemical Effects of Water on Albumen prints by Sherif Afifi

Albumen print sample immersed in distilled water for 15 minutes. ©Sherif Afifi

Albumen prints are composite objects with complex chemical and physical structures. Different materials lead to very complicated structures, which react and respond differently to external and internal influences. These structures make them more prone to damage as compared to other objects during some conservation treatment processes; a water treatment sometimes is the only alternative available, especially in conserving rare books which are illustrated with albumen prints, and this alternative can affect not only the paper substrate but also the albumen print.

IIC 2017 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference – Head, Hands & Heart

Head, hands & heart © HKB 2017

IIC’s fourth Student & Emerging Conservator Conference will be held in Bern on the 12th & 13th October 2017. Following on from the successful 2015 (Warsaw), 2013 (Copenhagen) and 2011 (London) Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences this conference will allow those at the start of their professional journeys the chance to discuss and explore the way ahead. The title of the 2017 conference is inspired by the Swiss educational philosopher Joachim Pestalozzi, whose credo of 'Learning with Head, Heart, and Hands' is also very applicable to the conservation profession.

For registration and more details please go to https://www.iicbern2017.ch

12 Oct 2017 to 13 Oct 2017

Gels in Conservation Conference

The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster

Registration for the Gels in Conservation conference, London, 16 - 18th October 2017, has now opened. This conference is organised by IAP in association with Tate. It will be a gathering of conservators, conservation and other scientists, and students of conservation to present and discuss the theory and practical use of gels in various branches of conservation (paintings, paper, wall paintings, textiles, museum objects etc).

16 Oct 2017 to 18 Oct 2017

IIC Studies in Conservation Dialogue on LinkedIn

SIC Dialogues on Linkedin poster

October 23-27, 2017

The IIC LinkedIn group will be hosting a Dialogue with Samantha Skelton regarding her recent Studies in Conservation article, Testing the limits: The theoretical development and practical reality of a large-scale agarose gel treatment for a discolored Morris Louis, Studies in Conservation (2016) 61:sup2. 214-218.

Art History, Curatorial & Museum Education Fellowships at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes applications from scholars of art history, archaeology, conservation and related sciences, as well as from scholars in other disciplines whose projects are interdisciplinary in nature and relate to objects in The Met’s collection. The tremendous diversity of fellows' projects reflects the historic and geographic diversity of the Museum's collection.

Application deadline: 
3 Nov 2017

Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes applications from scholars of art history, archaeology, conservation and related sciences, as well as from scholars in other disciplines whose projects are interdisciplinary in nature and relate to objects in The Met’s collection. The tremendous diversity of fellows' projects reflects the historic and geographic diversity of the Museum's collection.

Application deadline: 
1 Dec 2017

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