Rare Punic necropolis under threat

Building developments are threatening the important Punic necropolis of Tuvixeddu at Cagliari in Sardinia. Campaigners have responded by taking their case to the European Union, having failed to resolve the problem with the local authorities.

Dresden struck off UNESCO world heritage list

The World Heritage Committee has removed Germany's Dresden Elbe Valley from UNESCO's World Heritage List due to the building of a four-lane bridge in the centre of the cultural landscape. A UNESCO report in March 2008 had recommended the building of a tunnel rather than a bridge.

UK conservation course to close

The following statement has been released by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The joint Royal College of Art and V&A MA Course in Conservation has been running since 1989 and has acquired an international reputation. However, the V&A's priorities and needs in conservation training have changed and the RCA and V&A have therefore taken the decision to close the course.

Vienna museum store evacuated due to floods

Reuters have reported that Vienna's Albertina Museum has started moving works of art from its leaking underground store to a safer location. Austria has recently experienced some of its heaviest downpours for decades and there is serious flooding, especially in the north west of the country. "There has not been any damage to the works so far," gallery spokeswoman Verena Dahlitz said on Wednesday. The museum, home to works by Rubens, Monet, Renoir and Michelangelo, will remain open during the operation.

International organisations protest TCC closure

The following letter was published in the Times on 22nd June 2009. To view it online click here.

Save centre to protect world textile heritage: The closure of the Textile Conservation Centre

France ‘to adopt’ earthquake church

France has offered to conduct the restoration of L'Aquila's Chiesa del Suffragio, known as the church of the Anime Sante. The iconic church was seriously damaged by the earthquake in April this year. A technical delegation from the French government arrived in Italy last week to finalise details surrounding the project.

DistList saved by AIC

From the DistList:

CoOL is Coming to AIC!

Having reviewed a proposal from AIC and following several
discussions, Stanford University Libraries has agreed that AIC will
be given responsibility for CoOL and the Conservation DistList. The
transfer of content from the Stanford servers will take place
immediately with expert guidance from Walter Henry, John Burke, and
technicians at Stanford.

Conservation in action in St Louis Art Museum

Throughout this summer, the public will be able to watch a conservator at work as the St Louis Art Museum converts one of its galleries into a painting conservation laboratory. Conservator Mark Bockrath of Philadelphia will clean and retouch three large 18th-century landscapes by the French painter Hubert Robert (1733’“1808). Three paintings—The Obelisk, The Ruin and Fantastic View of Tivoli—are part of four landscapes commissioned from the painter during the 1780s.

Conservation DistList discontinued

The following announcements have been made about CoOL and the Conservation DistList, a forum used by conservators worldwide.

Special Announcement
Important News about CoOL and the Conservation DistList

Dear Colleagues,

New online resource on British restorers 1630-1950

A list of historical British painting restorers has been published online by the UK's National Portrait Gallery. Compiled by the Portrait Gallery's chief curator, Jacob Simon, the list is a directory of leading picture, sculpture and paper restorers active in Britain before 1950, who worked on major collections or who advertised extensively in art periodicals. It joins directories devoted to British picture framemakers, 1750-1950 and British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950.


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