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Of endbands and bees: or of the troubles and limits of terminology in bookbinding descriptions

A drawing showing the anatomy of an Apis mellifera worker bee. From The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, by A.I. Root and E.R. Root. The A.I. Root Company: Medina, Ohio (1910) p. 54. (Image in public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

By Georgios Boudalis

Since 2010 I have been working on a book about endbands used in codices bound according to various bookbinding traditions of the eastern Mediterranean. As this work now approaches completion, I thought it might be interesting to present the problems I faced and some thoughts on how to overcome the ever present issue of terminology—an issue valid for the myriad natural and human-made things that surround us.

Senior Conservator of Paper

The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree, ten years' experience as a conservator specializing in works on paper, a record of successful treatments and professional publications, and proven ability as a manager. The Senior Conservator will recommend treatments, assess potential acquisitions, and propose research and collaborative projects and will contribute to researching, developing, and overseeing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of art in support of the Getty's leadership role among museums and cultural institutions.

Application deadline: 
2 Dec 2021

Digital Disruption and Divergent Conservation: Opportunities and challenges relating to the development of time-based art conservation in Australasia

Code on Canvas, Untitled (Children’s immersive experience with Grayson Perry), 2015, projection mapping installation, National Centre for Creative Learning, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Image by Jeremy Shaw, courtesy of the artist.

By Asti Sherring

The art museum is in a moment of transition.

I found this reflection typed in bold font on 1st December 2019 in my iPhone notes application, months after the idea had first seeded in my mind. I can only assume that this thought came to me in haste (evidenced by the variety of incorrect characters present in the note) while I was going about my daily work. Clearly, I must have felt that this statement was significant at the time, enough so for me to stop what I was doing and type my future self a reminder.

IIC Report from the Green Zone at COP26 - plus a global update

We were delighted to exhibit in the Green Zone at COP26 Glasgow (10 -11 November 2021), representing IIC, conservators and cultural heritage professionals globally at this major international UN climate conference.

IIC's Jane Henderson shares Plowden Medal 2021

The Plowden Medal for Conservation was awarded to Professor Jane Henderson and Stephen Clare MBE at St James’s Palace on 29 September 2021 in recognition of their contribution to the field of conservation.

Conference - APOYOnline - Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas

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Connect, Empower, Transform: A Virtual Conference for Students and Emerging Professionals in Cultural Heritage

For more than 30 years, APOYOnline (formerly Apoyo) has worked to strengthen communication networks among cultural heritage professionals in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, and to promote professional development in the field through improved access to specialized training and updated technical information in Spanish and Portuguese.

12 Nov 2021 to 15 Nov 2021

Book Review: Culture is Bad for You

The cover image for Culture is Bad For You. Courtesy of Manchester University Press.

Review by Jenny Mathiasson

Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries

By Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor

Manchester University Press, 2020

Paperback / 384 pages / £11.99

ISBN: 978-1-5261-4416-4

Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Drawings (M/F/X)

The curator will work within the team of twelve curators and researchers of the Rijksprentenkabinet, as well as with the museum’s curators, conservators, information specialists and registrars. The curator is responsible for the museum’s holdings of 18th- and 19th-century drawings and is closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area. The curator is also responsible for recommending potential new acquisitions and plays a major role in exhibitions and displays in this field.

Application deadline: 
13 Aug 2021

Curator of 20th- and 21st-Century Works on Paper (M/F/X)

NB Salary is per month

The curator will work within the team of twelve curators and researchers of the Rijksprentenkabinet, as well as with the museum’s curators, conservators, information specialists and registrars. The curator is responsible for the museum’s holdings of 20th- and 21st-century drawings and prints and is closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area.

Application deadline: 
13 Aug 2021

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