IIC Membership renewals for 2015 - 2016

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If you have not already renewed your IIC membership for 2015 - 2016 please use the IIC web-site to renew: follow the Renewal instructions on the right hand side of the front page. We will be sending out renewal reminder forms by post to members who have not already paid their membership fee; if you use the paper form to renew please do not renew on the web-site as well.
The membership rates for 2015 - 2016 have been held at the same level as for the previous year!

It’s all about taking part …

IIC continues to grow and develop – through your efforts and support. We value your involvement very much. By renewing your membership for 2015, you continue to be part of the exciting and developing community that is IIC, the International Institute for Conservation.

Did you miss something last year?

• The IIC Hong Kong congress, on the theme of An Unbroken History: Conserving East Asian Works of Art and Heritage, was impeccably organised and hosted by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department of the Government of Hong Kong. If you could not attend, all is not lost: the papers and posters are freely available on-line for members and the proceedings were published as a special issue of Studies in Conservation.
• Building on the relationship formed during the IIC Hong Kong Congress, IIC and the Palace Museum Beijing have set up the joint IIC- International Training Centre for Conservation, based in the Palace Museum. The first course is to be held later this year.
• IIC and ICOM-CC (the International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation) have developed a joint declaration on environmental guidelines, in museums and for loans, available on the IIC website and to be published in Studies in Conservation later this year.

… and in the coming year

The next Student & Emerging Conservator Conference will be held in Warsaw in October 2015. These conferences are now a thriving fixture of the IIC calendar, run by students for students. They ensure that the coming generations of conservators influence the direction of conservation today.
• IIC is holding a new range of professional seminars, aiming to tackle a range of issues important to conservators. The first, to be held later this year, will be on copyright, a complex and increasingly important issue, impinging on publication and dissemination of conservation reports and publicity.
Studies in Conservation is branching out to become the journal of record for significant contributions to conferences apart from those hosted by IIC. Up to four special issues of conference papers will be published by Studies during the coming year, available to members online.
• This year, reduced rates for Individual members and Fellows who have retired from gainful employment have been introduced. The rates for this year are: Retired Individual Member £50; Retired Fellow £70. If you fall into a Retired Rate category please advise the IIC Office so that your membership account details on the website can be adjusted. This will in turn provide these new options for your renewal and payment in future years.
• UK taxpayers only: Gift Aid : If you wish to make your payments eligible for Gift Aid this year and for future years, please tick the relevant box when renewing your membership this year and please provide above your residential address used by HMRC.

So how can I help?

IIC is its members and what they contribute: through IIC Fellowship; through News in Conservation; through IIC’s social media – the IIC Facebook page (over 28,800 followers) and twitter feed. We are all grateful to the many IIC members who build, moderate and support these media. More than that, we rely on such volunteers to make IIC happen: IIC meetings, publications, websites are all largely run by volunteers – conservators like you. Your contribution, in time and in money, brings real benefits of international collaboration to all conservators.

Your donations will help IIC achieve its charitable aims and activities: how?

Your contributions to the Keck, Brommelle Memorial and Opportunities Funds enable us to reach out to students, conservators and organisations where resources are very limited.

The Keck Award Fund provides an award for contributions to the public understanding of conservation. By increasing public awareness, the work carried out by the conservation profession to care for our heritage will continue to be supported. Recent winners of the award include Lisa Bengston of the Royal British Columbia Museum, Canada, for the conservation in public of a Chinese Freemason Lantern (2014) and the Athens Acropolis Museum in collaboration with IESL-FORTH, Crete, Greece, and Anglo-Sason CSI, Sittingbourne, Kent, UK (2012).

The Brommelle Memorial Fund helps students join the world conservation community by attending the IIC Congresses. The contacts made during the Congress, the sessions attended, the sites visited – all can transform the career path of a developing conservator.

The Opportunities Fund provides IIC membership and all its benefits to institutions and individuals trying to manage in places with little conservation infrastructure, transferring expertise and encouraging local conservation networks to grow. The requests for help are frequent and the Opportunities Fund would like to extend its help more widely: the more donations that are made to the fund, the more IIC is able to help struggling conservation institutions. Donors to the Opportunities Fund are recognised by IIC as World Members, Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on the level of their contribution, and are acknowledged for their contribution in IIC publications and on the IIC website.

Please persuade colleagues to join IIC; every additional member adds to the synergy of what is already being achieved. Please renew your membership: be part of the international community that is IIC – and enjoy the benefits too.

Please remember that the IIC membership year runs from each 1st of July to the following 30th of June and that membership renews every 1st of July. There is no discount connected to memberships taken out part way through a membership year.