Titanium white – Friend or Foe?

Dr. Birgit van Driel. Image provided by the author.

By Dr.Ir. Birgit Anne van Driel

During the past four years I carried out my PhD research on the 20th-century white pigment titanium white. In this contribution I will summarize the key topics addressed in my dissertation and I will review the place of this work within the field of conservation science.


AIC 47th Annual Meeting - Call for Papers 2019

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is pleased to announce the 2019 AIC Annual Meeting Call for Papers. The meeting, taking place in New England, May 13–17, 2019, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT will explore the topic of New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care. Abstracts will be accepted until September 15, 2018.

13 May 2019 to 17 May 2019
15 Sep 2018

Event Review: Christopher Clarkson (1938-2017): A Conservator’s Path -- Tributes and Celebrations

Christopher Clarkson examining a manuscript. Image Copyright Jane Eagan / Winchester Cathedral

By Jane Eagan, FIIC

On Monday March 5, 2018, the bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris held an event to celebrate Christopher Clarkson’s contribution to book conservation. The Arsenal Library, in the Bastille neighbourhood of Paris, was founded in 1756, and has been a department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) since 1934. Its history and library collections, which have a particular strength in the area of book collecting, are conserved on location by a team of five bookbinders and book conservators.

Event Review: IIC 2017 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference – Head, Hands & Heart, Bern

Conference participants at the entrance of the HKB. Picture: ©T. Demmel 2017.

By Mariana Escamilla Martínez, Charlotte Hoffmann and Naja Staats

From October 12-13, 2017, the IIC Student and Emerging Conservator Conference (IIC-SECC) was hosted at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). This conference was the fourth in the series, following those previously held in London (2011), Copenhagen (2013), and Warsaw (2015). This year’s conference was attended by 94 participants from various countries including China, Cuba, Germany, Poland, and Russia among others. The local organizing committee, directed by Isa von Lenthe, consisted of 16 students from the HKB.

Book Review: Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges

Book cover for Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges, edited by Tine  Frøysaker, Noëlle L.W. Streeton, Harmut Kutzke, Françoise Hanssen-Bauer, Biljana Topalova-Casadiego. Image courtesy of Archetype Publications Ltd.

"Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges"
Edited by Tine Frøysaker, Noëlle L.W. Streeton, Harmut Kutzke, Françoise Hanssen-Bauer, Biljana Topalova-Casadiego
London, Archetype Publications, Ltd. 2015
390 pp / £75.00 / $160.00 / Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-909492-38-7

Review by Michael Duffy, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Report on IIC Council Meeting

IIC Council members meeting this past May in London at the Society of Antiquaries. Image © International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

IIC Council met on 10 and 11 May for the second time this year, at the Society of Antiquaries in London.

This was the first meeting with Juergen Vervoorst in the position of Treasurer, having been co-opted onto Council after the resignation of Velson Horie. Velson’s diligent and careful tenure as Treasurer was gratefully acknowledged at a lunch on 11th May after the Council meeting was over.

Stefan Michalski: Interview with the 2018 Forbes Prize Lecturer

Photograph of Stefan Michalski. Image courtesy of Stefan Michalski

SG: I must begin by saying congratulations, and I very much look forward to your Forbes Prize Lecture at the Turin Congress this September. One of the many reasons IIC honors you this year is the global impact your research and teaching have had over the years. Would you share an experience from one of your past international projects in preventive conservation which had a significant impact on you?

IIC On Instagram

IIC is now on Instagram! Follow IIC @iiconservation and use our hashtag #iiconservation. Along with our new presences on this social media platform, we have also gained an IIC communications team member, Isa v. Lenthe, who is the administrator for the IIC Instagram account.

Between Postal History and Industrial Heritage – Building the New Postal Museum and Mail Rail

One of the new Mail Rail trains. 018_MailRailShoot_AB_17-04-07.jpg Andrew Bruce ©The Postal Museum (2018)

By Chris Taft and Barbara Borghese

In 2014 the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA), a British independent charitable trust, announced the award of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) allowing the organization to proceed with planning the opening of a new museum devoted to charting Britain’s social, communications, and design history through the iconic postal service.


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