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IIC sponsors students to attend earthquake conference

The IIC, in association with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has sponsored six students to attend an international conference about mitigating earthquake risk to museums in Turkey.

3 Jun 2007 to 4 Jun 2007

Today is World Heritage Day

April 18th is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, informally known as World Heritage Day. The event was created in 1982 by ICOMOS (the International Council on Museums and Sites) as a way of celebrating the diversity of heritage throughout the world.

17 Apr 2007

UNESCO claims climate change threatens world heritage

UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has published a report about climate change which claims that several sites of natural and cultural interest may be at risk.

Pharaoh's stolen hair back on display in Cairo

Strands of hair from the mummy of Ramses II are back on display in Cairo, more than 30 years after they went missing. The hair was stolen, together with tiny scraps of the pharaoh's funerary shroud, when the mummy was sent to France in 1976 to undergo conservation treatment. The theft was only discovered when Jean-Michel Diebolt, a postman from Grenoble, tried to sell the hair online for €2,000.

Munch Museum may use eye surgeon to clean paintings

The Munch Museum in Oslo has said that it is considering hiring an eye surgeon to remove tiny splinters of glass from two of its paintings. The Scream and Madonna, both by Edvard Munch, were stolen from the museum during an armed raid in 2004. The paintings were recovered two years later and three men were later convicted of their theft.

8 Apr 2007 to 14 Apr 2007

Man arrested after kicking painting

A 21-year old man was arrested last week after kicking a hole in a painting by Ottavio Vannini. The man wandered around the Milwaukee Art Museum for 3 hours before removing his shirt, pulling The Triumph of David from the wall and kicking it several times. Security guards rushed to the scene, but not before a hole had been created in the bottom right corner of the painting. This depicts the severed head of the giant Goliath, and the man later claimed that he had been disturbed by this image.

1 Apr 2007 to 7 Apr 2007

Sun damages native art at Alaska Airport

An important collection of contemporary native art in Alaska is being damaged by exposure to strong sunlight. The collection, which is housed in Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, was moved into a bright mezzanine level in 2004. Since then, many of the artworks have suffered noticeable degradation, including fading dyes and damage to organic materials from fluctuating relative humidities.

India and Australia collaborate to protect cultural heritage

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has signed a memorandum of understanding with AusHeritage, initiating a partnership to preserve cultural heritage in South Asia.

AusHeritage is a "network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations", founded by the Australian government in 1996. It aims to promote Australian conservation services internationally, and to provide assistance with conservation and heritage projects outside Australia.

New editors for Reviews in Conservation

Following Noëlle Streeton's resignation as editor of Reviews in Conservation, two new editors have been appointed.

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