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Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage
28 Oct - 01 Nov, 2009
(Session 466)
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Vinod Daniel - Head, Cultural Heritage and Science Initiatives, Australian Museum; Chairman, AusHeritage; and Vice Chairman, ICOM-Committee for Conservation
Debra Hess Norris - Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Chair and Professor, The Department of Arts Conservation, The University of Delaware, Newark

Additional Session Support:
Samuel Jones (Resource Specialist) - Researcher, Demos, London

Museums and libraries - large and small - around the world house our artistic and cultural heritage. As guardians of unique and irreplaceable treasures, including art works, documents, artifacts, and digital materials, museums and libraries bear the tremendous responsibility of preserving our cultural legacy for present and future generations. Collections stewardship is central to the mission of all cultural heritage institutions, and yet resources for proper preservation and treatment are often sorely lacking, emergency plans are not always in place, and public awareness of and support for conservation is not as strong as it should be. In addition, advances in conservation research and preservation technologies are offering new solutions and strategies for addressing conservation needs.

This session will bring together an international group of cultural leaders, conservation and preservation specialists who work with museums and libraries, representatives of conservation training institutions and associations as well as cultural policymakers to engage in an open exchange of views on optimizing collection conservation. Given the results of such research initiatives as the Heritage Health Index report in the United States, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and found that artifacts in America's collections are at risk and in need of immediate attention, there is a clear need for a call to action on this issue, at least in some parts of the world. Participants will thus consider a series of questions: What are the greatest risks to our collections and what strategies can be implemented to manage them? How can sufficient resources be secured to assure - at the very least - minimal conservation standards? What needs to be done in the area of effective emergency preparedness planning? What challenges and opportunities are presented by new technologies and digitization? How can cultural heritage institutions make a better case for conservation to policy makers and private donors to secure the funding they need for proper collection care? How can museums and libraries connect people to their collections to garner the public support they need to make better conservation and preservation a priority and a reality?

This session is being convened in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals. Limited scholarship funding may be available for those who are unable to pay the full fee (i.e. from developing countries or NGOs). Participants seeking scholarship assistance must submit an application for financial aid to our admissions office.

Session Faculty

Debra Hess Norris
Vinod Daniel

Listen to excerpts or complete versions of Salzburg Global Seminar presentations

  • Catherine Antomarchi, Unit Director, ICCROM, Rome, Italy
  • Simon Cane, Head of Operations, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, United Kingdom
  • Carolina Castellanos, Cultural Heritage Consultant, Mexico
  • Vinod Daniel (Session Co-chair), Head, Australian Museum, Cultural Heritage and Science Initiative, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Vice Chairman, ICOM-Committee for Conservation
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    With additional support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities


    In cooperation with the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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