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.

Sound and Image Collections Conservation website launched

ICCROM's Sound and Image Collections Conservation programme has launched a new website based around the preservation of sound and image materials at cultural institutions. The site aims to increase awareness of the need for audiovisual preservation. Its intention is to act as a platform for highlighting the challenges facing smaller institutions-those which do not function chiefly as audiovisual archives.

Hillary's iconic Antarctic hut destroyed

A fuel leak during a routine inspection has destroyed the Antarctic hut favoured by explorer Sir Edmund Hillary. A spokesman for Antarctica New Zealand said that the hut caught fire during the re-ignition of a heater. Given the extremely dry conditions, fire is a significant hazard in Antarctica. The timber and bitumen hut on the Ross Ice Shelf was originally built by the US, but came into Kiwi ownership in 1971. Roughly 12000 New Zealanders are thought to have stayed there, among them prime ministers, poets and scientists.

Levy Foundation gives NYU $1 million for archaeological conservation internships

The Conservation Center at New York University's Institute for Fine Arts (IFA) has announced that it has received a $1 million grant from The Levy Foundation to advance graduate training in archaeological conservation. The grant creates 15 Leon Levy Fellowships at the Institute to support promising students enrolled in the Center's four-year training program.

Kelham Island Museum reopens after 2007 floods

Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield, UK was officially declared open last week after a major refurbishment. The industrial museum had been closed for restoration as a result of disastrous flooding in June 2007- its galleries and stores were covered in mud and debris when the River Don burst its banks and its collections were badly damaged. Kelham Island reopens with its artefacts restored and with a range of new exhibits.


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