Ancient and Historic Metals: Technology, Microstructure, and Corrosion - a Summer Intensive Course on Ancient Metals and Metallography

This course, to be taught by Prof. David Scott at University College London in July 2013, is aimed at conservators, scientists and archaeologists.

Course Venue:
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE, UK. This is close to Malet Street and Gower Street and is a great central London location.

Course Dates:
22nd - 26th July 2013.

21 Jul 2013 to 25 Jul 2013

Not your grandmother's chair

Not your grandmother's chair cover

An unprecedented wave of material experimentation is underway in the production of decorative arts and products of the “applied arts”. Important to the world’s creative heritage this body of work presents to the conservation profession new challenges and is raising questions about sustainable preservation practice. What are the conservation questions raised by vases made from wax, chairs made of folded paper, tables made of recycled clothing, interactive wall coverings incorporating electronic sensor, or cutlery made of recycled cans?

11 Sep 2012
Klosterneuburg Abbey

IIC Annual General Meeting 2013 & Reception

The 2013 IIC Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 18th January 2013 at 6.00 pm in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining at 1, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB. All members are invited to attend. This will be followed by a reception for all.

18 Jan 2013

MoMA’s Conservators Share Their Emergency Secrets For Saving Art in a Flood

NEW YORK - Following the devastating passage of super storm Sandy earlier in November 2012, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has shared a document put together by the MoMA conservation staff for salvaging artworks damaged by water in case of emergency. The 13 pages document covers all aspects of recovery of works of art, including specific advise on handling different media (paintings, paper, microfilm, tape etc.).
Together with the document that can be downloaded following the link:

METAL 2010 for download

The editors of METAL 2010 are pleased to announce that the proceedings are now available as a free digital download. METAL 2010 was the interim meeting of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group that was held in Charleston, SC, USA on October 11-15 2010.

10 Oct 2010 to 14 Oct 2010

SEE MOSAICS: Database available online

SOFIA - The database created as part of the regional survey Mosaic Conservation and Training of Conservators in South- east Europe is now available online at It contains information on ancient mosaics and conservation practice from 39 archaeological sites open to the public and 32 museums in south east Europe covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

South Korea's Namdaemun (South Gate) restored after fire

SEOUL – The Namdaemun, one of Korea’s National Treasures has been restored and reopened after it was nearly completely destroyed by an arsonist in 2008 (see News in Conservation no. 5 of April 2008). The monument, a largely wooden structure, had managed to survive the devastation of the Korean War (1950-53) but was nearly reduced to ashes by the action of the arsonist who used paint thinners and a cigarette lighter to ignite the fire. A source of immense cultural pride, the Namdaemun or South Gate was once one of the three major gateways through Seoul's city walls.

An audit of conservation needs for public collections

LONDON - The Contemporary Art Society National Network (UK) promoted a survey to determine the conservation needs for public collections in the United Kingdom.
The short life span of materials, the complexities of digital technologies, the conceptual challenges of collecting performance and performance documentation, and the questions of installation and re-installation are all aspects of public collection development, which museums across the UK wishing to collect and exhibit contemporary art need to address.

23 Nov 2013

Easter Island’s Moai under threat

RAPANUI - Lichens, a type of composite organism made up of a fungus and an algae, are causing fast deterioration of the famous Moai sculptures on Easter Island. Moai are monolithic human figures that were created between the years 1250 and 1500 A.D. by the early Rapanui people by carving the local volcanic rock into these huge figures.


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