On the final day of its London Congress, IIC named the Lunder Conservation Center as the winner of the prestigious Keck Award for 2008. The Center, jointly administered by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington is the first art conservation facility in the USA that allows visitors to the museums permanent, behind-the-scenes views of crucial preservation work.
UNESCO teams have successfully reinstalled the Aksum Obelisk in its original location in Ethiopia. The 24m high, 152 ton stele is the second largest at the Aksum World Heritage Site and has become an important symbol of Ethiopian identity. The 1700 year old obelisk was taken to Rome in 1937 by Mussolini's troops. Its reinstallation, started in 2005, was funded by the Italian government and has been the result of extensive technical planning from UNESCO and partners in both countries.
A glossary of conservation terminology (Arabic-English and English-Arabic) has been developed by Dr Hossam Mahdy for ICCROM's ATHÄR programme, which promotes the conservation of heritage sites in the Arab region. The glossary, which is still under development, only covers theoretical conservation terms, but it will be expanded in future to include technical terms, organised according to themes and geographical region.
The International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) launched a twelve-year programme to promote conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The LATAM programme is aimed at improving and strengthening capacities for conservation, enhancing communication and exchange and increasing awareness in the region.
Conservation projects from 15 European countries were distinguished in the 2008 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, held in June. The annual awards are given to projects that promote best practice in the conservation of European cultural heritage and cover several categories including archaeological site interpretation, collection care and education and awareness-raising. The six top prizes recognised outstanding achievements in the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Romania.
The Editorial Advisory Board and Editors of Reviews in Conservation invite preliminary submissions for forthcoming issues.
Congratulations to Nigel Bamforth, Betty Engel, Alan Farancz, Helen Hughes, Masako Koyano, William Lindsay, Mervin Richard and Marjorie Shelly, who have been recently elected as Fellows of IIC. Profiles of the new Fellows will appear in a future issue of News in Conservation, and on the IIC website shortly.
Climate change and museum collections: a round table discussion
Wednesday 17 September 2008, 18:15-19:30
National Gallery, London
As part of a new initiative, Dialogues for the New Century: roundtable discussions on the conservation of cultural heritage in a changing world, which will be held in London during the IIC London Congress. A distinguished panel of experts will explore the effects that global climate change is having on cultural heritage, and discuss how we can adapt to meet the coming challenges.
According to Richard Owens in The Times (April 17, 2008), prehistoric treasures unearthed in the Alps as melting glaciers recede are under threat from looters who are removing many of them.Such is the concern for the newly revealed objects - which include weapons, clothing and tools - that a task force of archaeologists, anthropologists, mountain climbers and Alpine rescue teams has been formed in an attempt to salvage them.Franco Nicolis, an archaeologist from Trento, said that mountain climbers and hikers would be asked to report any finds to the task force rather than removing them.The m
In Memoriam John Winter (1936-2008)John Winter, Conservation Scientist in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, passed away on March 24, 2008.