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NiC goes electronic...

IIC is moving towards more accessible, digital publications. News in Conservation is going digital-only from its next issue (25, the August 2011 issue). This will be the the first issue of the 2011-12 membership year. Members will receive an email reminder whenever the new-format, screen-friendly version is posted, six times per year on the IIC web site, and will in future also receive information by email when transcripts of 'Dialogues for the New Century', student posters, and other web-based publications become available.

24 Aug 2011

900 historic buildings in Christchurch to go

The CBD of Christchurch in New Zealand remains like a ghost town after the severe damage cause by the the 6.3-magnitude quake of February 22nd. This is set to change as rebuilding commences. But as reported in The Age, "The face of quake-devastated Christchurch is set to change forever with news that 900 of the city's prettiest and most historic CBD buildings will be demolished."

Ancient Roman Spa of Allianoi, Turkey, submerged

Europa Nostra have reported that their campaign to save  the ancient spa of Allianoi has been unsuccessful. They report on their website that, "From April until the autumn, they covered the site with sand and at the end of 2010 they started filling the reservoir behind the Yortanli dam. Allianoi will thus spend at least the next 50 years under 30m of water and a build-up of an estimated 18m of silt. "

Dunhuang grotto protection plan

On Tuesday 15th March 2011, China published a plan for the protection of the Mogao Grottoes - or Ancient Caves of 1,000 Buddhas - described on the English News website as “one of the country's three major Buddhist art treasures, in Dunhuang city of China's northwest Gansu province”.

Drafting of the document commenced in 2003. Fan Jinshi, curator of the Dunhuang Academy, noted that the plan “was endorsed by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage” before its publication.

15 Mar 2011

Christchurch NZ hit by another more damaging quake

A a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch just before 1pm on Tuesday 22nd February. The fact that it was shallow meant that it was far more damaging than the greater magnitude but deeper earthquake of September 2010.  Unlike September's earthquake this one has resulted in fatalities - with the death toll expected to rise over the next few days. This is partly attributable to the timing of the quake - in the middle of a busy weekday.

22 Feb 2011

New IIC Dialogue announced: Saving Motion - the conservation of the moving image

7.00 pm, the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London WC2, UK, on Wednesday 19th January 2011.

Motion pictures, the movies, enjoy a position of both mass entertainment and valued products of our creative heritage. From the era of silent films to today's high budget features, masterpieces abound, as do intimate personal moments and historic documentaries that capture the intangible aspects of what surrounds us.

19 Jan 2011

IIC Annual General Meeting 2012

The sixtieth Annual General Meeting of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works was held in Room 106, Roberts Engineering Building, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE, on Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 5.00 pm. This notice was also carried in the December 2012 issue of News in Conservation. For more information please see this link (members only): [link unavailable due to access restrictions].

18 Jan 2012

Carbon Footprint Project Recognised

Simon Lambert, a student at Cardiff University was among the winners of the UK’s 2010 Conservation Awards – ‘Valuing Excellence’ announced on 1st December. Simon received the Student Conservator of the Year Award for his project, The Carbon Footprint of Museum Loans. The project was described as, “an innovative and extensive piece of work with wide benefits, an interdisciplinary project that will engage others outside the conservation community”.

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