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When Glass and Metal Corrode Together V: Sodium Copper Formate from Studies in Conservation, Volume 63, Issue 6

New articles now available in Studies in Conservation! Volume 63, Issue 6 is now available for free for all IIC members and includes the following (

Combination of a Liquid-Dispensing and Micro-Aspiration Device for the Cleaning of Sensitive Painted Surfaces

Microscopic Analysis of Wall Painting Techniques: Laboratory Replicas and Romanesque Case Studies in Southern Switzerland

When Glass and Metal Corrode Together V: Sodium Copper Formate

20 Jul 2018

The Plowden Medal 2018

Alan Derbyshire, Head of Paper, Books and Paintings Conservation at the V&A  and winner of The Plowden Medal 2018 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Royal Warrant Holders Association announces the winner of the Plowden Medal 2018 – Alan Derbyshire – for his outstanding work as a paper conservator and particularly his contribution to the conservation of portrait miniatures

The Royal Warrant Holders Association will present the Plowden Medal to Alan Derbyshire in honour of his work as a paper conservator and particularly his pioneering contribution to the conservation of portrait miniatures. The Plowden Medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to conservation.

National Museum Day Around the World

Elizabeth, Anne, and Baroni being interviewed for "Voices from the War." image by Keimelo Gima (Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery)

On May 18th thousands of museums around the world celebrated ICOM International Museum Day (IMD). News in Conservation (NiC) collected a fantastic cross section of images and stories summarizing IMD celebrations from Barbados to Spain and beyond.


Protecting cultural property during conflict: the 21st Century Monuments Men

American GIs, including Sgt. Henry Hartung to the left of the painting, admire a masterpiece by Edourard Manet, stored in Merkers salt mine during WWII. This painting from Kaiser-Friderich Museum in Berlin, had been brought to the mine for safekeeping. (Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD / Public Domain)

By Peter Stone

The IIC is rightly proud of the fact that many of its founders served as members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Commission (MFAA), or ‘Monument’s Men,’ during the Second World War. This small unit, which we would now refer to as cultural heritage specialists, comprised some of the foremost experts in art history, historic architecture, and archaeology.


The Glass and Ceramics Working Group of ICOM-CC, Icon UK’s Ceramics and Glass Group and the British Museum, are pleased to announce the call for papers for the first-ever joint meeting between these parties.

This conference marks the 5th Interim Meeting of ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics, and the 34th year of dedicated events from Icon’s Ceramics and Glass Group. Held at the British Museum, the joint conference promises to gather an impressive group of professionals specializing in the field of ceramics and glass conservation at a prestigious location in the heart of London.

5 Sep 2019 to 7 Sep 2019
10 Sep 2018

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring back on display

Painting conservator and Head Researcher Abbie Vandivere with the Girl with a Pearl Earring.  The Mauritshuis

THE HAGUE - Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, the public’s favourite from the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, is back on display at the Mauritshuis after undergoing scientific examination. For two weeks the painting was removed from its usual location to allow researchers to perform in-depth scientific examination, conducted in the museum’s Golden Room in full view of the public. In order to make the research into the Girl with a Pearl Earring visible to visitors, the Mauritshuis constructed a studio with a glass enclosure in the museum’s ‘Golden Room’.

Coming to an Agreement – Display negotiations between an artist, curator and conservator by Sophie Sarkodie

© Tate

This article will focus on the hanging solutions of a series of large photographic panels, part of the work How to Look….. by Babette Mangolte, originally made in 1976-78. It is on display at Tate Modern for a year, until July 2018. Mangolte’s display, How To Look… (2017), was planned by Tate Curator Valentina Ravaglia, with much input and communication from the artist, as well as the artist attending a planning meeting and being present for the installation of the works.

The complex preservation of Keith Haring’s 1987 mural at the Hopital Necker des Enfants Malades, Paris by Will Shank + Antonio Rava

Overview of the tower in the context of the other hospital buildings, after treatment in 2017. Photo by Will Shank. Keith Haring artwork . © Keith Haring Foundation

There was some question as to whether the mural could be saved when we were first included in a meeting on this matter in Paris at the Hopital Necker des Enfants Malades, at the invitation of Julia Gruen, the Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation. It was the autumn of 2011, and we still had a conservation team on the scaffolding on the church of Sant’Antonio dell’Abate in Pisa, where we were in the midst of restoring Haring’s last public mural, Tuttomondo, from 1989.

IIC's 27th Biennial Congress: Registration Rates Change soon!

Turin - Piazza Castello © Enrico Aretini

Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art - World Class Speakers, Sessions, Networking, Tours & Debates Exploring the biggest issues that exercise our field, this year’s IIC Congress is set to attract the best minds in conservation from around the world.

The Standard Rate for registration at the IIC 2018 Turin Congress ends at midnight (BST) on the 22 July 2018 – the rate then increases to the Late Rate.

The programme on the Congress web-site shows the exciting and innovative papers and poster on research and practice in preventive conservation that will be presented in Turin. You can also read about the extensive social programme and tours that are part of the Congress week here and here

To find out more about – and benefit from - the Standard Rate please go to the Congress registration page - we look forward to seeing you there!

10 Sep 2018 to 14 Sep 2018
17 May 2018


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