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£10m awarded for Cutty Sark conservation

The tea clipper Cutty Sark, which was damaged by a fire in May 2007, has been awarded £10 million for conservation costs by the UK's Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of the fire and its immediate aftermath was covered in the August 2007 issue of News in Conservation.

Israel forms conservation body

Following a meeting in December of more than 100 conservators in Tel Aviv, Israel now has a professional body for conservation. The new organisation will be known as the Israeli Society for the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Property, and will bring together conservators in the private and public sectors. The organisation will be involved in professional conservation matters, including training, continuing professional development and the representation of conservators in the legal and political arenas.

IIC AGM, 8 February 2008

The fifty-third Annual General Meeting of The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will be held in the Sackler Rooms at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC2, on Friday 8th February 2008 at 4.00 pm. After the formal business is concluded, Kazuko Hioki will give a talk on the Japanese Kura approach to conservation storage. A summary of Ms Hioki's talk is given below.

From Japanese Tradition: Is Kura a Model for a Sustainable Preservation Environment?

8 Feb 2008

TCC to close in 2009

The UK's Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) will close in 2009, following a financial review by its parent institution. The TCC, which is run by the University of Southampton, has a Conservation Services department that carries out conservation and analytical services for museums and private clients. Despite this, the centre required annual subsidy from the university to make up its budget shortfall.

Conservation by stealth

Four "cultural guerillas" were charged, and cleared, last week of breaking into Paris' eighteenth-century Panthéon when it emerged that they had been secretly restoring the building's antique clock. The restorers were members of a gang of "urban explorers" called Untergunther, which undertakes clandestine restoration of urban heritage. They have previously restored medieval church crypts and organised secret nighttime plays in cultural monuments.

Icon withdraws from ECCO

Icon, the UK's Institute of Conservation, last month announced its intention to withdraw from the membership of ECCO (the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations). The move followed disagreements about the education requirements for entry to the conservation profession, and about how open conservation members' organisations should be in their membership. The ECCO membership consists of 18 European conservation associations, including bodies from France, Germany, Scandinavia and Slovakia.

30 Sep 2007 to 31 Oct 2007

New IIC Fellows elected

Congratulations to Astrid Brandt-Grau, Michael Duffy, Frances Lennard and Alison Richmond who have just been elected as Fellows of IIC. Profiles of two of the new Fellows are below; the others will be added in due course.

Nanomagnetic sponges for cleaning artworks

Chemists from the University of Florence have proposed a new way of cleaning paintings ’“ using ‘nanomagnetic sponges’. According to a paper published in the American Chemical Society's interdisciplinary journal Langmuir in August, magnetised nanoparticles can be incorporated into a polyacrylamide gel which is then loaded with a microemulsion or other solution and can be used to clean paintings.

Shake, rattle and roll

Vibrations from rock concerts are damaging windows and

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