The Icon Scotland Group events team have been working hard and have organised some fantastic events to satisfy your cravings for all things conservation! Suitable for conservators and non-conservators alike, take a look at the list below and see what takes your fancy!
An informal conference took place on the 6th of May, a sort of conservation-clan gathering. The event was organised by Helen Creasy ACR, and was hosted by The National Library of Scotland. It was a relaxed get-together, the aim of which was to facilitate an exchange of ideas and promote useful discussion between paper conservators in Scotland in a supportive and non-judgemental way. Fifteen conservators from across Scotland signed up to give talks; there were 30 participants in total. Each presenter gave a very short talk about an interesting or potentially useful aspect of their work. There was no unifying theme beyond paper conservation, so a huge variety of topics were discussed during the course of the afternoon. The length of each presentation was deliberately limited to 5 minutes, meaning that each subject was discussed in a pithy and succinct manner. The event was a resounding success, with many calling for a repeat in the near future. For those of you who were unable to attend, and for those who are simply curious, here is a quick round-up of the presentations which were given.
Celebrating 40 years open to the public, Stirling Archives has created a fantastic new blog with posts discussing 40 key items in their collection.
The Buddhas of Bamiyan, two monumental 6th-century statues that were destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, were brought back to life this month via light projections. Beautiful images of the statues and a video of the projection can be found in the article.
Two interesting objects are the focus of this article by Marion Gouriveau, an intern at the University of Aberdeen. Read her account of conserving a miniature book and snail made from papier-mâiché.
The conservation of a delightful looking incense burner is discussed in this article. Just looking at this is guaranteed to make you smile!
Another burning issue is highlighted in this article by the Bowes Museum. It describes salvage training following a fire delivered by the Conservation Advisory Network at the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters.