Ohio State University is looking to provide ethnobotanists, archaeologists and analysts with a new way to identify fibres found in prehistoric artefacts. Through a grant from the US National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, the university is creating an online database containing digital images of plant fibres.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that cuts to English Heritage's budget will remove £3 million a year from the conservation of England's cathedrals. The UK Government-funded body will cease its Cathedral Grants Scheme at the end of this year.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, is in the process of building a state-of-the-art Conservation Science Laboratory that will complement the IMA's existing expertise in the care and treatment of works in its collection and establish it as a resource for museums across the world.
AIC has announced the launch of a new collaborative wiki website, based on the specialty group Catalogs. The site, www.conservation-wiki.com, was made possible by a grant from the US National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). The Catalogs are reference manuals that include descriptions of materials and techniques used to preserve and treat works of art and historic artifacts.
The conservation DistList is now posting again. The first new listing was mailed on Friday 18 September. The administrators have announced that DistList procedures are currently in a transitional state, but that, with the exception of some new addresses, the procedures will not differ greatly from before.
Membership of IIC's Facebook page has ballooned to over 230 during the past week since its inception. The Facebook page provides fans of IIC a chance to chat, review, note upcoming events, as well as share news and links. The page is available to Facebook members once they log in and can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/London-United-Kingdom/International-Institute-for-Conservation-IIC/138145819882?ref=nf
The church in Stratford Upon Avon where William Shakespeare is buried is fundraising for urgent repairs. Shakespeare's tomb is at risk of damage from rotten timbers in the roof above it. Since 2002 nearly £1m has been spent restoring Shakespeare's Church, starting with the tower and spire. However, recent work has revealed that the situation is more serious than previously thought. The church is trying to raise a further £50,000 to tackle this problem.
The International Conference of National Trusts, which met this week in Dublin, has urged governments to tackle climate change. Delegates from 57 non-governmental heritage organisations have issued a joint declaration calling on governments to agree to challenging emissions reduction targets ahead of December's Copenhagen UN meeting.
The BBC has featured in its daily news coverage (on 18th September 2009)the conservation and preparation for display of the Vale of York Hoard, a significant quantity of Viking silver, at the British Museum. Unearthed in Yorkshire in 2007, the hoard has been conserved at the British Museum and has now gone on display there. The article gives a good description of the conservation techniques involved in the project and also carries a number of interesting links to other related news stories and institutions.