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The Greenest Museums

Zeitz Museum: Zeitz Museum (2018. Image by Arthur Spring/Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Original location here.

Here is a sampling of some of the greenest museums from around the world. While this is by no means a definitive “top ten” list, it does highlight a variety of ways in which museums have become more sustainable in recent years. Take a look, and perhaps discover ways to inspire change in your own workplace!


From the President's Desk

IIC President Julian Bickersteth

"From the President’s Desk" by Julian Bickersteth
(in the April-May 2022 "News in Conservation" Issue 89)

Read the whole Environment Special issue of NiC

The editor of News in Conservation, Sharra Grow, often weaves a theme either subtlety or overtly through each edition. This edition is not just focused on the theme of environmental sustainability, but is a special issue that draws together a wide range of threads on this subject from around the world.

How Ukraine is moving to protect its cultural heritage - updated 7 April 2022

 "In almost every museum, workers are sleeping, staying for days to be close to the art, to be able to make some last minute decisions."

We have all watched in alarm as the events in Ukraine have unfolded, and as colleagues in Ukrainian museums have hurriedly secured collections in basements and cellars, sometimes risking their lives to go to work.

Book Review: Unraveling the Art of Tapestry

Book cover for “Anatomy of a Tapestry” courtesy of Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Review by Katja Diaz-Granados

Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, Care
By Jean Pierre Larochette & Yadin Larochette, illustrations by Yael Lurie
Pennsylvania, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2020
160 pages / 190 images and drawings / $45.00 / Hardcover spiral
ISBN: 9780764359330

IIC COP26 Edit-a-thon 24 hours generating useful content for conservation

Elizabeth Wathuti speaks at the Opening Ceremony for COP26 at the SEC, Glasgow (Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government) (2021). Image licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Original location here.

By Marina Herriges

November 2021—this was the month that all eyes from around the globe were looking at Glasgow where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, was held. The venue was divided into two zones on either side of the River Clyde: the Blue Zone, where negotiations between world leaders took place, and the Green Zone, where the public shared a platform to voice concerns and perspectives and where IIC had its stall for two days.

Obituary: Remembering Eleanor McMillan

Eleanor McMillan and Andrew Oddy at IIC Bilbao Congress, 2004. Image courtesy of David Leigh.

By Andrew Oddy

Eleanor McMillan spent her life working in conservation in the United States, but on the international scene she served two terms on the council of IIC. She was a larger-than-life figure whose confidence no doubt stemmed from the fact that she was born into the Roosevelt family and was the great granddaughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Apply to take part in workshops and field projects with Our Collections Matter

screenshot of our collections matter film with images of people and collection objects

If you work in a collections-based institution such as a museum, library or archive, here’s an opportunity not to be missed!

ICCROM is giving up to 20 organizations the chance to try out the Our Collections Matter (OCM) Toolkit with its help and support in bi-monthly workshops. This helps you implement Sustainable Development Goals - from environmental sustainability to social development - through the medium of your collections work.


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