On the loss of hand skills in Conservation By Jonathan Ashley Smith

Copyright Barbara Borghese

The nature of conservation practice is constantly changing. This constant change is reflected in the theme of next year’s IIC congress Preventive Conservation: the State of the Art. The call for papers stated that ‘the field has developed enormously since 1994: preventive conservation has a central position in museum, site and heritage management.’ As a profession, conservation is obviously proud of change, which is a bit ironic since conservation is concerned with attempts to prevent, inhibit, slow down or even reverse change.

Third IIC-ITCC course concludes in Beijing

© Casey Liu

The third IIC International Training Centre for Conservation (IIC-ITCC) course took place in Beijing from 14-22 November 2017. With the focus on textile conservation, 23 mid-career conservation professionals, 12 from China and 11 from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, New Zealand, Serbia and Vietnam, attended this intensive hands-on workshop which took place in the newly established ‘Hospital for Conservation’ at the Palace Museum, also the largest science institution for heritage conservation in China. Prior to the opening ceremony, participants were privileged to be given a preview of the Hospital guided by Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum.

A microbiological challenge in the protection of the sandstone Angkor monuments in Cambodia By Ji-Dong Gu + Yoko Katayama

© Ji-Dong Gu

The Khmer Empire was thriving at its peak in the 9-12th centuries CE with a large territory in South Asia including what is now Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and other countries. A large number of temples were built under different kings and some of the best known today include Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple of Angkor Thom in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.
These temples are valuable cultural heritage examples for the study of the Khmer civilization of the past and also serve as major tourism attractions for the local economy today. They were composed structurally of sandstone, mainly from the Kulen Mountain, which still serves as a major source of building material today.

4th International Conference on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cultural Heritage in Stockholm

IPM 2019 - call for papers and posters

The Swedish National Heritage Board with partners is pleased to announce the call for papers and posters for the 4th International Conference on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cultural Heritage in Stockholm, Sweden, 21-23 May 2019.

Deadline submission of abstracts: 15 April 2018

See for all details.

21 May 2018 to 23 May 2018
15 Apr 2018

19th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Symposium - Heritage & Authoritarianism

In the last decade, critical heritage studies have highlighted the importance of authority in different historical and social realities. Heritage theories, however, have been chiefly formulated from the standpoint of Western democracies. While authority is a relative property, common to all state (and nonstate) societies, the extremes of authoritarian political regimes have always exerted a special influence on cultural heritage.

11 May 2018 to 12 May 2018

Cambridge Heritage Research Group Seminars - Lent Term Talks 2018

Alternate Tuesdays 1-2pm & Thursdays 5-6pm
Seminar Room, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Site, unless otherwise indicated

30 January: Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp (MAA, University of Cambridge): ‘Moral'(un)certainties and colonial distances: materiality, museums and the end of empire in British Africa'

6 February: Catherine Forbes (Senior Associate, GML Heritage, Australia): ‘A tale of two cities, two earthquakes, two responses and two outcomes: Post-disaster recovery for cultural heritage in Christchurch and Kathmandu’

30 Jan 2018 to 15 Mar 2018

Getty Conservation Institute - Earthen Architecture Course Announcement

The Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism is organizing a training course on the conservation of earthen architecture and archaeological sites. The course is targeted to mid-career professionals (architects, engineers, conservator-restorers, scientists, etc.) working with earthen heritage from the North African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian regions. The course will be held in Al Ain, UAE and Nizwa, Oman from October 28th – November 22nd 2018.

28 Oct 2018 to 22 Nov 2018
1 Mar 2018

Andrew W. Mellon funded Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

The UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help increase diversity in the study and practice of conservation of art and cultural collections. This grant supports outreach and summer opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about cultural materials conservation and are underrepresented in the field, which is 87% non-Hispanic white.

Application deadline: 
9 Mar 2018


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