18th Annual Plenderleith Lecture

At the end of November, Icon Scotland will be hosting the 18th Harold Plenderleith Memorial Lecture at Discovery Point, Dundee. The lecture will be given by Professor Sue Black and Dr Craig Cunningham from the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification University of Dundee. Sue recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’. If you missed it, you can catch up on the iPlayer Radio.

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William Cowley Parchment and Vellum

An open letter from Patricia Lovett regarding the discontinuation of vellum for recording Acts of Parliament, and the effect on William Cowley Parchment and Vellum Makers. An issue that will affect many conservation disciplines. Please share!

Dear All,

I heard yesterday evening from William Cowley’s that the Houses of Parliament are due to consider on Monday next (19th October) whether to discontinue printing Acts of Parliament on vellum. It is likely to be part of their cost cutting exercises.

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Eventswatch – “Fire in the Archives”

If you missed out on the recent ‘Fire in the Archive’ training day hosted by the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) in Edinburgh, you can read all about it in this excellent post, originally uploaded on the Archives and Records Association (ARA) New Professionals Blog ‘Off the Record’. You can also view the presentations from the day on the Scottish Council on Archives website. http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/preservation/fire

Off the Record

“Fire in the Archive” is not generally an expression that most Archivists want to hear in their day to day work but an exception was made on the 30th September 2015 as it was the title for the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) annual meeting and training day.

SCAThe SCA are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which supports the Scottish Archive sector by providing training and guidance on collections development, records management and outreach. The day was held at New Register House (part of the National Records of Scotland) in Edinburgh and as the title suggests, the day centered on sharing experiences by those who had experienced fire in their repository and knowledge sharing to help delegates guard against potential fires as best they can.

After a short welcome by the SCA Chair, Dr Irene O’ Brien, the day began with an introduction from Linda Ramsay, the SCA Preservation…

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Call for Papers: Icon Scotland Group session at Icon Conference 2016

We can be (conservation) heroes!
Demonstrating flexibility, innovation and collaboration.
The Icon Scotland Group seeks abstracts of short papers for a half-day session at ICON’s UK conference. The session aims to showcase projects, initiatives and ways of working that demonstrate flexible, innovative and collaborative approaches to conservation across disciplines. Presentations from and about Scotland are encouraged and will be given priority at the selection stage; note you do not need to be a member of the Scotland Group to submit an abstract.

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Best of the Blogs – September

The redevelopment of Kelvin Hall and renovations at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are featured in this month’s best of the blogs. Exciting new discoveries in Cramond and fantastic videos from National Museums Scotland and the American Institute of Conservation are also highlighted this month. 

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