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.
The Munch Museum in Oslo has announced that two of its most famous paintings are to go back on display after a lengthy conservation project to repair damaged caused following their theft in 2004. Edvard Munch's Scream and Madonna were stolen from the museum by armed robbers in August 2004, and were not recovered until September 2006. Detailed examination of the paintings was subsequently carried out, including Xradiography, ultraviolet and infrared reflectography and analysis of the pigments and binding media.
AATA Online, formerly the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts, has published its most recent quarterly update in January 2008. The update contains a list of the publications that have been abstracted between October 2007 and January 2008, and shows how many articles have been abstracted from each publication. AATA online has recently added new publications to its core coverage of 150 titles. Following a recent review of these core titles, AATA has commissioned volunteer conservation students to fill in gaps in its abstract database.
Following the announcement (covered in the December 2007 issue of News in Conservation) that the UK's Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) will close in 2009, an online petition has been organised to protest about the closure. The petition, which can only be signed by British citizens or residents, can be found at here. The deadline for signing up is 6 May 2008.