Forward by Sharra Grow
By Julia M Brennan
It was a privilege to participate in Meridian International Centre’s Diplomacy Forum on the Countries of the Mekong. Set in the gracious and historic Washington DC Meridian House compound, with over 187 guests, it included panel discussions, individual talks, Cambodian and Thai traditional dance and music performances, and a lovely lunch and reception. The diversity of panels raised awareness on the importance of Mainland Southeast Asia and increased opportunities for collaboration among the diplomatic, government, business, policy, and cultural communities.
By Roger Groves
SPIE Optics for Arts, Architecture and Archaeology (O3A) is a well-established conference series which was founded in Munich in 2001 by Prof. Renzo Salimbeni, CNR, Italy. It brings together the community of researchers in optical diagnostics for cultural heritage with conservators and art historians interested in scientific techniques and often acts as a first bridge for scientists to engage with the heritage community. This year’s conference was held in Munich from 24-26 June 2019.
Review by Louise Lawson
Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval
Edited by Allan Foster and Pauline Rafferty
Facet Publishing, July 2016
256 pages / £59.95 / Paperback
Review by Graham Voce
Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation (Readings in Conservation)
Edited by Jeff Cody and Francesco Siravo
Getty Conservation Institute, USA, July 2019 (US) August 2019 (UK)
632 Pages / 114 colour & 60 black and white illustrations / Paperback
Introduction by Sharra Grow
500 year old Shuri Castle is a Unesco World Heritage site above the city of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The castle is built from wood and was reconstructed after destruction in World War Two. It is not yet known what started the blaze but the wooden structures were recently lacquered and this may have had an effect. Strong winds hampered attempts to put out the fire, which burnt down all but seven of the key buildings of the castle.
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By Jean D. Portell
IIC's long association with American members Sheldon and Caroline Keck (whom I met in 1962) is revealed in Caroline's correspondence from March 1952 to July 2006, which is archived at IIC. Caroline was 99 when she died in 2007. Sheldon, who was 83 when he died in 1993, also corresponded directly with leaders of IIC; his letters are archived there too.
By Francesco Caruso, Sara Mantellato, Noëlle L.W. Streeton, and Tine Frøysaker
By Ellen Pearlstein and Bianca Martinez Garcia
The pilot program of The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation, completing its third year in 2019, confirms that underrepresentation in conservation is the result of both a lack of familiarity with the field among many whose skills and interests could qualify them and the lengthy and expensive process of earning a place in graduate programs.