IIC-ITCC 2018 Programme ‘Scientific Approaches to Paper and Photograph Conservation’

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Paper Conservation © IIC-ITCC/ Palace Museum
Monday, 22 October, 2018 to Friday, 2 November, 2018
Friday, 25 May, 2018

The Palace Museum

Our 2018 course is now fully booked, but details for accessing training materials from the workshops and presentations from the Symposium on 1 - 2 November will be announced shortly.

Despite the trend of declining reliance on paper in the face of smartphone screen and e-paper displays, our history is written on paper; and our knowledge and cultural identity also rest on a variety of paper artefacts ranging from paintings, photographs, prints, manuscripts, books, etc. While chemistry is at the heart of paper conservation science, the boundary between them is fluid—paper conservators often need to address mixed collections of these artefacts held in museums, libraries and archives. With the passage of time, these massive stocks of paper-based objects are among the most vulnerable cultural heritage to handle, and the caring for which is also highly labour intensive and time consuming.

In order for professionals to gain a deeper insight into paper conservation science, the 4th IIC-ITCC training workshop co-organised by IIC and the Palace Museum in October this year will focus on the theme of paper and photograph conservation. It will be an intensive, ten-day theory and practical workshop for 24 mid-career conservation practitioners, instructed by international specialists from leading institutions in the field.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the current approaches to preventive conservation and non-destructive analysis of paper/photographic artefacts, followed by thematic sessions consisting of lectures, case studies and hands-on sessions in the ‘Hospital for Conservation’ at the Palace Museum to examine the structures and techniques that make up different types of paper-based materials and their associated conservation problems. In addition, participants will look into various approaches and materials applied to works of art on paper in the Palace Museum collections, which might be applicable to non-Chinese paper heritage as well. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to better identify the deterioration issues, thereby formulate the appropriate conservation treatments for the long-term well-being of their collections.

Immediately following the workshop, the Palace Museum will host a complementary two-day symposium on the same topic on 1-2 November 2018. The event will bring together speakers worldwide with different expertise in the study of paper conservation. Participants are encouraged to attend the symposium, which will enable them to develop a valuable professional network in the field for advice and resource, aside the benefits of fruitful exchange of experience and culture. Details about the symposium will be announced soon.

- Preventive conservation and non-destructive analysis for paper-based collections
- Scientific principles of analog colour and black and white photography
- Scientific principles of conservation of painting and calligraphy
- Fundamentals of library and archive conservation
- Fundamentals of paper conservation
- Fundamentals of photograph conservation: print and negative collections

The teaching team is composed of following conservation specialists:
1. Sarah Staniforth - President of IIC (UK)
2. Jixiang Shan - Director of the Palace Museum (China)
3. Margaret Holben Ellis - President of AIC; NYU Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center (US)
4. Debbie Hess Norris - Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware (US)
5. Bertrand Lavedrine - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC) (France)
6. Juergen Vervoorst - The National Archives (UK)
7. Austin Nevin - National Research Council (Italy)
8. Jirong Song - The Palace Museum (China)

The course is open to a maximum of 24 participants who:
1. Are conservators, conservation scientists and related professionals with a tertiary education background;
2. Possess 5 years of working experience directly related to conservation for paper and photographic collections; preference will be given to candidates working in institutions (e.g. museums, libraries, archives and university);
3. have a good command of written and spoken English*
*The workshop is conducted in English and a high level of interaction is encouraged throughout the course.

1. There is no course fee for the workshop, but note that full time presence during the training period (including the paper conservation symposium) is required.
2. For participants residing outside mainland China, IIC-ITCC will cover the costs of round-trip travel from his/her country of origin and hotel accommodation during the training period; participants residing in mainland China should seek institutional funding to support their attendance costs.
3. Expenses for meals, visa application and travel insurance shall be borne by the participants.

The application period is now over. All applicants will be informed of the application results in late June by email.
Applicants residing in China will receive notification directly from the Palace Museum. For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat at cpcliu@lcsd.gov.hk or the Palace Museum at iicitcc@126.com.