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Latin America's indigenous peoples shield elders as COVID-19 threatens their cultural heritage

Indigenous Peruvian woman from the Chinchero District in the Andes Mountains demonstrating traditional weaving using locally produced and dyed wool. March 2016. Photograph by Robert R. Oxborrow.

Latin America’s 42 million indigenous people are already acutely aware of ongoing threats to their cultural heritage due to activities such as mining, oil extraction, and deforestation, but now the coronavirus has been added to the list. From the Andes to the Amazon, indigenous groups are closing access to their communities in order to protect their elders—the keepers of their cultural heritage—from COVID-19.

Heritage Conservation and Learning in the COVID world - Challenges and Opportunities

During this moment of pandemic, many heritage conservation training programmes around the world have faced an abrupt shift from face-to-face to remote teaching and virtual learning.

IIC is pleased to be supporting ICCROM and Athabasca University by promoting an international survey and is looking forward to working closely with these key partners to encourage critical discussions on the challenges and opportunities of heritage conservation  learning  in the Covid-19 world.

22 Sep 2020

Iconem shares 20 of its world heritage 3D models

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In line with our policy of free dissemination of cultural content, Iconem has decided to share advance access to twenty of our heritage site pointclouds.

3D professionals or enthusiasts, travelers or archaeologists hobbyists, we invite you to discover famous or unknown sites: the cliffs of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Angkor temples in Cambodia, pyramids of Meroë in Sudan, Christian monasteries in Armenia.... Find our 3D models online on here: https://app.iconem.com/#/3d

Conservators Lending a Hand

Healthcare professionals in the ICU at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit using the face shields made and donated by Whitney Museum of American Art assistant conservator Margo Delidow. Image courtesy of DMC Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit.

It is no secret that conservators have big hearts. Caring for cultural heritage makes us keenly aware of the public we serve and their wellbeing. As manifested by your activities during the pandemic, it is clear that caring for your communities extends beyond the work bench.

In Raqqa, the past at the service of the future

Museum exterior February 2019 © Xavier de Lauzanne

By Marine de Tilly
Translated from the French by Sara Heft

Two and a half years after the liberation of the former caliphate’s capital, the Raqqa Museum is set to open its doors again soon. Here’s a look back on the history of a symbol of cohesion and hope.

Book Review: Current Technical Challenges in the Conservation of Paintings

Current Technical Challenges in the Conservation of Paintings, book cover. Image courtesy of Archetype Publications.

Review by Amber Kerr

Current Technical Challenges in the Conservation of Paintings
Edited by Angelina Barros D’Sa, Lizze Bone, Rhiannon Clarricoates, Helen Dowding 
London: Archetype publications, Ltd., 2015
136 pages / £32.50 / Paperback
ISBN: 9781909492318

Major changes to our Opportunities Fund

IIC is radically revising its Opportunities Fund – expanding the funding available and opening it up to all members within two strands. Potential applicants can join IIC to become eligible for the grant.

Selected Acquisitions: ICCROM Library

Mini reviews by Daniela Sauer

For the June-July 2020 issue of News in Conservation, the ICCROM Library is again contributing a list of new acquisitions, presenting a few titles hand-picked by the librarian.

Preparing for Graduate Study While Sheltering in Place: Suggestions from the Association for North American Graduate programs in Art Conservation (ANAGPIC)

The directors and other graduate program members of the Association for North American Graduate Programs in Art Conservation (ANAGPIC) recently gathered via Zoom to share distance teaching and learning strategies, summer and internship placement needs, post-graduate placement schemes and solutions, and opportunities to further connect our work and educational-institutional communities using digital platforms.

IIC-International Training Centre for Conservation 2019 Workshop: Scientific Approaches to Ceramics and Glass Conservation, Beijing

Excursion to the Great Wall. Photo taken by Ronnie KAM.  Top: During a practical session, participants tried their hand at wheel throwing. Photo taken by Ronnie KAM.

By Sarah Benrubi

Last November the 5th course given by IIC and the International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) took place in the Hospital for Conservation at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Following the previous courses on non-destructive analyses, preventive conservation, painting and paper, the 5th course was dedicated to scientific approaches to the conservation of ceramics and glass. Intensive courses and lectures were organized from 11th to 23rd November 2019.

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