A group of Portuguese scientists claim to have developed an environmentally-friendly method of cleaning textiles. Researchers from the New University of Lisbon used liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) to clean the garments of an eighteenth-century sculpture. Compared with traditional solvents - many of which are highly toxic and damaging to the environment - CO2 is claimed to be relatively inert and non-toxic, and is said to remove dirt equally effectively without damaging the textile fibres.
Twenty-two new sites have been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List this year. Sixteen of the new additions are cultural sites, bringing the number of inscribed cultural
The UK's MDA (formerly the Museum Documentation Association) has announced the launch of an online Condition Assessment Tool (CAT). The CAT was developed by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC) and was originally distributed only on a CD-ROM. The MDA have now made the CAT available through their Collections Link website, and hope that it will bring the software to a wider audience, including all types of people who work with collections.
Two new online conservation publications have been announced and will be launched this autumn.
e_conserv@tion is a "free online magazine, published bimonthly for all the professionals involved in the conservation-restoration of cultural heritage." The first issue will be published in September or October 2007, and will include peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics in conservation and preservation.
Researchers at an Italian conservation laboratory claim to have discovered the secrets of ancient Egyptian craftsmen - and that conservation treatments will be much improved as a result.
A group of Portuguese scientists has developed an environmentally-friendly method of cleaning ancient textiles. Researchers from the New University of Lisbon used liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) to clean the garments of an eighteenth-century sculpture.
The British Library has celebrated the completion of its new Centre for Conservation by launching an online "microsite" to inform the public about conservation issues. The Centre for Conservation opened to the public on 17 May 2007, after a £13.25 million building project that lasted 18 months. It provides facilities for all aspects of book conservation, education and training, and state-of-the art technical facilities for the nation's Sound Archive.
On 21 May the Director General of ICCROM, Mounir Bouchenaki, and the Vice President of Tongji University, Mr Li Yongsheng, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between ICCROM and the World Heritage Institute for Research and Training in Asia-Pacific, Tongji University. The research centre will cooperate with UNESCO and ICCROM, provide services to foreign countries in the Asia-Pacific area, and undertake training and research activities in world cultural heritage management.
Icon, the UK's Institute for Conservation, has announced 12 new training opportunities in conservation as part of a £1 million scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This is the second year that Icon has offered internships under the HLF scheme, and it hopes that they will increase the availability of skills in areas where there is a lack of conservation training.
Forty-five new sites have been proposed for inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage List this year, including 32 cultural sites. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee will meet in New Zealand at the end of June to decide which of these sites will join the 830 sites already on the World Heritage List. The cultural sites will be assessed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), with additional input into conservation techniques and training from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM).