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25th anniversary of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations
We wish to inform you about the 25th anniversary of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (E.C.C.O.).to be celebrated over the course of its upcoming GA and Presidents' meeting on the 6th June in the Bode-Museum in Berlin. International guests working in the field of cultural heritage have been invited to celebrate this event with us.
Please find a Press Release in the attachment as well as the E.C.C.O. in Berlin - programme of PM and 25th 2016

You may also register for the 5th and / or 6th June to report on the event which takes place at the Neues Museum and the Bode-Museum of the museum island in Berlin.

The possibility of an interview with the president of E.C.C.O., Susan Corr, and the president of the host, the German Association of Conservator-Restorers VDR, Dr. Jan Raue, is scheduled for  the 5th June at 6 pm at the Neues Museum.

Please note that this is not a public event and access will be provided only for registered and accredited persons. Find therefor a registration-accreditation form and the guidelines of the National Museums in Berlin, SMB.

We kindly ask you to forward to potential interested parties and to distribute in your media.
 
THE CONSERVATORS-RESTORERS ARE IN DANGER

The profession of conservator-restorer of cultural heritage is on the brink of an Abyss. An edict has been published in the Official Journal of 31 January 2016 that incorporates conservation-restoration of heritage into the craftsmen-activities thereby misrepresenting this profession.  

Our profession does not create new art/craft, but works to systematically and scientifically preserve our common cultural heritage. This edict has been published without agreement from the profession and against all logic of our internationally accepted working practices.

40 years after the creation of higher education to meet the needs of this profession, which is both very demanding and required by the state, the title of conservator-restorer is still neither protected nor is it a permanent function in public cultural heritage institutions.

With a few exceptions, public procurement procedures generally ignores the specific benefits of restricting the care of cultural heritage to competent professional conservation. This undermines an important profession and within the current economic climate is increasingly causing many professionals to leave as government commissions are scarce and when work can be found income does not reflect the work commitment required.

Such issues have long been recognized; two comprehensive reports on the profession in 2003 and 2006 (Daniel Malingre and Christian Kert) cited these problems but have gone unheeded. Even the opinions and recommendations of the French and European professional organizations are ignored.  Even in February 22, 2016 an internal memo by the Ministry of Culture the calls for "a necessary action plan for the survival" of the profession.

Without conservation-restoration professionals, there will be no more exhibitions, no more sharing, no more transmission of intellectual works, today or tomorrow. Heritage and its democratization are threatened.

We, the artists, curators, academics, professional in conservation-restoration, demand that the specific skills and recognized qualifications required for access to this profession are fully recognized, and the conditions of exercise adapted.

 We demand clarification and immediate action to prevent a new law on the creation of architecture and heritage which makes no reference to the essential role of conservation-restoration professionals in the management of cultural heritage

Help to save our profession of excellence upon which the integrity and sustainability of our cultural heritage relies. We demand that ask that the status of conservation-restoration in protecting this irreplaceable resource be recognized.


Please sign our petition at http://www.petitions24.com/alert__french_conservators-restorers_are_in_danger


 
Press release for EwaGlos´ survey

Multilingual Glossary of Conservation Terms for Wall Painting and Architectural Surfaces

Questionnaire for international survey on EwaGlos is online

 

Within two years, a consortium of seven academic institutions - supported by associated partners and external experts – developed, within the framework of an EU project, a richly illustrated multilingual glossary of terms for the conservation / restoration of wall painting and architectural surfaces, the so-called EwaGlos. By the end of October 2015, the Glossary had been published.

 

Now the consortium has published an online survey - currently in seven languages - ​​to gather feedback and comments. The aim of the survey is to involve more experts in the discussion on the definitions of the terms and to jointly develop a second revised edition of the Glossary.

The questionnaire enables participants to offer concrete improvement and expansion proposals:  therefore one  can write what content one would like to change, which terms, images or languages ​​are missing, whether the index is being used and if one has understood the methodology used in the creation of the Glossary.  Personal details will help to shine light on the tradition underpinning the background knowledge of the user.

 

Participation is now open. It is estimated that to answer the whole questionnaire, an average time of around 15 minutes is needed. The survey can be found under "survey" on www.ewaglos.eu. On the same website, the PDF versions of the Glossary are available for download.

 

The project partners were:

DE - Hornemann Institut of the Hochschule Hildesheim / Holzminden / Göttingen (Coordinator)

ES - Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

RO - University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca

MT - University of Malta

TR - Karabük Üniversitesi

FR - Centre de Conservation et interdisciplinaire Restauration du Patrimoine, Marseille

HR - Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb

 

In addition, the following institutions were also involved: Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Experts from Poland, Romania and CEN (European Committee for Standardization).

 

The dissemination of project results is being supported by leading international associations in this field, such as ECCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS (Working Group Conservation of Wall Painting and architectural surface), IIC and WTA.

 

Further information including the names of all participating scientists see: www.ewaglos.eu

 
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