Timbuktu’s restoration project completed

TIMBUKTU – The end of July 2015 saw the completion of a restoration project of 14 historic mausoleums damaged in Timbuktu three years ago by Islamists fighters (News in Conservation, Issue 36, June 2013). The news was announced in Bonn, during the 39th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which concluded on the 8th of July.
Following a military coup in March 2012 extremists targeted the tombs of Muslim saints as well as the city’s vast libraries, leaving a trail of destruction and causing international outcry.

Mogao Caves available to visit…in Los Angeles - News in Conservation, Issue 49, 2015


LOS Angeles – From May 2016 visitors of the Getty Museum will be introduced to the spectacular Mogao caves, an ancient Silk Road site dating from the 4th to 14th centuries. The exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road will allow visitors to explore through a set of replicas reconstructed in the museum, the tremendous significance of the diverse art and artifacts from this UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about the challenges faced in its preservation. A total of three caves will be reconstructed out of the 500 surviving today in Dunhuang.

Review of the 4th European Student Conference on Object Conservation 'Layers in Time' by Eva Christiane von Reumont


The European Student Conferences on Object Conservation (ESCOC) is an initiative started some 9 years ago in the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, when Prof. Dr. Friederike Waentig decided to involve students to organise and hold a conference on object conservation. Themes included conservation and preservation of historic buildings, modern materials, musical instruments, ethnographic objects and waterlogged wood.

Two-day Symposium on 'Collecting and Conserving Performance Art' - Call for Papers

In June 2016, the specialty group Modern Art and Cultural Heritage (MKKM) of the German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR) will host an international, two-day symposium on the topic of collecting and conserving performance art. The symposium will be held in English and will take place at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany.

9 Jun 2016 to 11 Jun 2016
31 Aug 2015

4th Historic Mortars Conference - HMC 2016 - Call for Papers

The 4th Historic Mortars Conference - HMC 2016 will take place on the island of Santorini, Greece, during 10th-12th October, 2016.

The Conference aims at disseminating knowledge and experience regarding the technology of historic mortars, their characterization, the development of repair materials, as well as to promote research and new achievements.

The deadline for the abstract submission is the 30th October 2015.

10 Oct 2016 to 12 Oct 2016
30 Oct 2015

Free e-book on conservation of panel paintings available

LOS ANGELES – The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (KIK-IRPA) and the Getty Foundation announced the publication of Frames and Supports in 15th and 16th-century Southern Netherlandish Painting.

Islamic heritage site targeted by IS

PALMYRA – Two Islamic tombs belonging to Mohammed bin Ali—a descendent of the Prophet Mohammad’s cousin—and the Sufi scholar Nizar Abu Bahaaeddine were reported as having being destroyed by the Islamic State (IS).
The mausoleums were located outside of Palmyra’s main Roman ruins and Syrian officials have stated no Roman remains were damaged in the explosion.

Restoration of the Central Tower of East Gopura IV at Preah Khan

ANGKOR - At the end of 2014, the World Monument Fund (WMF) team in Cambodia successfully completed conservation work to ensure the structural stabilisation of a tower which is part of the East Gopura in the fourth enclosure wall at Preah Khan, a 12th century temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Training day on Care of Photographs

The Archives and Records Association Preservation and Conservation Group are happy to announce the following training event: Training day on Photographs for Conservators and other interested professionals
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, UK

An exciting opportunity to participate in this training day on the conservation and preservation of photographs.

22 Oct 2015


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