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 â¬2,000.
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.
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.
S K Misra has been re-elected for a second term as the Chairman of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). INTACH recently signed a memorandum of understanding with AusHeritage to promote the preservation of cultural heritage in South Asia.
Misra re-elected INTACH chairman -- India e-news website
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.
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.
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.