Following Noëlle Streeton's resignation as editor of Reviews in Conservation, two new editors have been appointed.
As a result of a tripartite agreement between the Goa government, the Helen Hamlyn Trust (HHT) and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), the Reis Magos fortress in Goa will be conserved over the next two years.
The HHT has donated 35 million rupees towards the cost of restoring the fortress, with Lady Hamlyn describing it as her "gift for Goa". The Goan government has pledged a further 50 million rupees towards conservation work in the region.
The fortress was built by Portuguese settlers in 1551 and was used to house prisoners until 1993.
Eight bronze sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder have been returned to their places on top of Philadelphia's City Hall after the completion of a major conservation project. The project, which cost over $2 million and took three and a half years to complete, was carried out by a Chicago sculpture conservation studio and by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The sculptures were painstakingly laser cleaned to remove grime from atmospheric pollution; this is the first conservation project on a major scale to use laser cleaning technology.
By day, Penny Byrne is a freelance ceramics conservator... but by night, she is a maverick artist, creating political sculptures which ironically send up her usual pretty porcelain subjects.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has just launched a revised and upgraded version of its online conservation database, CAMEO (Conservation and Art Encyclopedia Online). CAMEO is "a free Internet resource that compiles and disseminates descriptive, technical, and visual information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in all aspects of conservation and production of artistic and historic materials". The upgrade was made possible by a 2-year grant from the Andrew W.
The 2007 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award has been won by Walter Henry. Henry is the lead analyst in the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, Moderator of the Conservation DistList, and Creator/Administrator of Conservation OnLine. He has been given the award in recognition of his enormous contribution to promoting communication within conservation, and for his pioneering use of online technologies within the profession.
At the recent International Conference on Heritage of the Naqada and Qus region, held in Egypt in January 2007, it was revealed that the famous "solar boat" in the Giza was in need of re-conservation, partly as a result of the museum environment in which it is kept.
Buildings surrounding the Sikh temple of Sri Hazur Sahib in western India are being demolished to make way for a new road and visitor centre, claims Gurmeet Rai, director of the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative in Delhi. October 2008 marks the 300th anniversary of the guruship of the Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book), and up to three million pilgrims are expected to visit Sri Hazur Sahib in celebration.
A new website has been launched for the Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of cultural property (ANAGPIC). ANAGPIC was founded in 1984 to bring together information from 6 postgraduate training courses in North America. It also organises an annual conference for students from all of these courses, and publishes the conference papers on its website.