IIC International Training Centre for conservation launched in Beijing

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ITCC Agreement signing in Beijing © Mikkel Scharff 2015

A year to the day after the 2014 IIC Hong Kong Congress, the IIC International Training Centre for conservation (IIC-ITCC) was successfully launched on Sunday 22 September in Beijing.

The inaugural programme, jointly organised by IIC and the Palace Museum of China (PM), was focused preventive conservation and linked issues. The programme is being led by a teaching team of 9 distinguished speakers from IIC and the Palace Museum. Sarah Staniforth, President of IIC, Dr Jixiang Shan, Director of the Palace Museum and Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong Government, together officiated at the opening ceremony and unveiled a commemorative plaque for the training centre.

Following the opening ceremony Dr Shan gave an inspiring overview of the museum's history, its collections and its outlook, and then inaugurated a week-long course comprising of lectures and case studies as well as visits to the conservation studios, storage facilities and other exhibitions at the Palace Museum. A full report on this exciting programme will be available on IIC's website soon.