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Conservators Conserved: preserving our own past

Graham Voce and Ellie Pridgeon surveying records in the IIC Office, London. Image by Tina Churcher, courtesy of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

By Graham Voce

At IIC, as a learned society, we depend on the participation of our members, heritage conservation professionals across many specialisms and in many parts of the world. Their mission, their passion, is to conserve our shared cultural heritage. In 2020, as IIC celebrates its 70th anniversary year, it is fitting that this philosophy should be applied to IIC’s own archives and records.

Consequences of unprecedented earthquake in Zagreb

Aerial footage of the damage to the Zagreb Cathedral (Croatia) caused by the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that devastated the city on Sunday, 22 March 2020. Image courtesy of Miona Milisa.

By Mirta Pavić

In the early morning of 22nd March, a devastating earthquake shook the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Only two days after the state agencies had introduced strict measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, we were dealt a blow that shifted our focus away from the battle against the dangerous epidemic.

Vibratory Impacts of Music and Transport on Museum Collections: Current Practices and Experiences (An International Research Group Questionnaire)

Vibratory Impacts of Music and Transport on Museum Collections Survey © The National Gallery, London

In recent years, museums and cultural heritage organizations around the world are taking note of the potential impact that vibrations from music can have on their collections. In addition, new questions are being raised about the potential impact of vibrations that objects experience during transport.

17 Apr 2020
5 Jun 2020

The Poison Book Project

 Suspected emerald green bindings should be handled with nitrile gloves. Avoid touching face while handling, and wash hands thoroughly after-wards.  Image courtesy of Melissa Tedone.

By Melissa Tedone

In early spring 2019, I started treatment on a Victorian-era publisher’s case binding bound in bright green bookcloth, never anticipating that this mass-produced binding would set into motion an engrossing exploration of a hidden hazard in library collections.

Rembrandt Revealed

Rediscovering a Rembrandt: The Science Behind Identifying the Master’s Hand. Read the article in the April-May "NiC" to watch the video and find other segments that discuss the conservation of this Rembrandt painting. Video courtesy of the Allentown Art Museum.

June 7, 2020 through March 28, 2021 in the Kress Gallery, Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, USA

New GEIIC Webinar Series: "GEIIC Desde Casa"

GEIIC Desde Casa Semana 1

The IIC Spain Regional Group (GEIIC) is starting a weekly webinar series called “GEIIC Desde Casa” or “GEIIC From Home”

Week One:

“Reflections on the conservation of stone materials in the time of Covid-19”
Presented by Ana Laborde Marqueze, IPCE
Tuesday, 28 April 19:00 (CET Berlin zone)

27 Apr 2020
29 Apr 2020

Book Review: Buried by Vesuvius – the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum

Buried by Vesuvius, book cover. Image courtesy of J Paul Getty Museum.


Review by Graham Voce

Buried by Vesuvius – the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum
Edited by Kenneth Lapatin
Los Angeles: J Paul Getty Museum, 2019
276 pages / $65.00 / Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-60606-592-1

The 30th Anniversary of the Latvian Society of Restorers

The conference  participants at the Rundale Palace.  Photo by  M. Gaujenietis

By Indra Tuņa and Anna Kozorovicka

Founded in 1989, The Latvian Society of Restorers (LRB) is the association of restorers and conservation related specialists who are professionally involved in preserving cultural heritage in Latvia. The LRB has nearly 200 members. The majority are certified conservators in different areas of conservation who work in museums, libraries, archives and private companies and also includes architects, art collection managers and construction industry specialists.


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