It was such an amazing weekend from 24-26 November 2017 as over 280 textile conservators and practitioners from 24 countries and regions gathered in Hong Kong for the IIC-Palace Museum 2017 Hong Kong Symposium, right after the conclusion of its precursor, the 9-day IIC-ITCC 2017 textile conservation workshop held in Beijing. Pleasant weather, agreeable timing, animated discussions, great enthusiasm, high spirit, reconnecting old acquaintances and expanding connectivity…… contributed to a rewarding, fruitful and memorable Symposium.
The Palace Museum in Beijing welcomed 23 participants from China and many corners of the world including Australia, Egypt, Argentina, Serbia, Finland, Canada, Austria, France and Vietnam to take part in the third IIC-ITCC Training Workshop. During our 9-day workshop, many interesting and thought-provoking issues were raised by the instructors.
On 5th December 1940, the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.'s SS Gairsoppa left from the port of Calcutta, India to sail toward Britain. The cargo ship was carrying important war supplies including 2,817 Bombay Mint silver bars, tea and Royal Mail letters. On 16 February, just as the ship was nearing the end of its journey, a German U-boat torpedoed it and the ship sunk just off the coast of Ireland. The Gairsoppa went down in just five and a half minutes and remained at the bottom of the sea bed for the next 73 years.
Every two years an award is offered to the individual or group who, in the opinion of IIC Council, has done most to further public appreciation of what the conservation profession achieves. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £1000, presented at the biennial IIC Congress.
Details of previous award winners can be found on the IIC website at the Keck Awards page.
The latest issue of IIC's Annual Review, for 2016 - 2017, published at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, is available from the IIC web-site here. This was presented at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and is the first in a new series of reviews to present IIC's activities and engagement throughout the past year. We hope you enjoy this latest issue of the new way of conveying news about IIC's current activities and future plans.
Notice to all IIC Hon. Fellows and Fellows
The latest electronic ballot for election to IIC's Fellowship has just been posted on the IIC web-site and you are invited to take part in this. The ballot is open to all IIC Fellows in good standing (i.e. those whose membership fees are up to date) and to all IIC Honorary Fellows.
This week IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, welcomes Sarah Stannage as the Institute’s first Executive Director. Sarah starts her new role, focussing on strategic development of IIC, on 1 January 2018 and will join the Institute’s present staff of three.
Please renew your membership here: https://www.iiconservation.org/about/membership
If you have not yet renewed your IIC membership for 2017–2018 we want to remind you to renew now before you lose access to the many benefits that membership confers, which include:
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