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Pest treatment using Nitrogen gas: June 2019 update

The work by ICOM and many other cultural heritage organisations in the European Union to allow the renewed use of nitrogen as a pest treatment of cultural objects is gathering momentum and yielding the first results. Under current legislation, Regulation No. 528/2012 (Biocidal Products Regulation – BPR), the use of Nitrogen ...
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Brexit and the Customs Union: The Practical Impact on Museums

Written by Clare Brown, Curator of Natural Science, Leeds Museums and Galleries. Re-posted here with kind permission of a blog originally published by the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) https://natsca.blog/2019/05/23/brexit-and-the-customs-union-the-practical-impact-on-museums/. Who knows where you are and when you are reading this and so this blog comes with a few provisos: Really ...
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British Museum considers loan of ‘invisible’ objects back to Ethiopia

This article first appeared in The Art Newspaper https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-considers-loan-of-invisible-objects The British Museum is to consider returning a group of “invisible” objects to Ethiopia. These are tabots (Christian plaques), which symbolically represent the Ark of the Covenant—the wooden chest that is said to have held the Ten Commandments. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes ...
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How Iraq is hunting for ancient relics looted from its museums

This article was first published in the Middle East Eye https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/iraq-stolen-treasure-ancient-history-auction and was written by Tom Westcott Islamic State fighters damaged and looted some of Iraq’s most important historic sites when they seized swathes of the country in 2014. But authorities leading the country’s battle to return stolen antiquities say that the damage ...
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Declaration for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage is adopted by European Affairs and Culture Ministers

This article was first published on the NEMO website https://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nemo/declaration-for-safeguarding-cultural-heritage-is-adopted-by-european-affairs-and-culture-ministered.html On 3 May 2019, European Union Member State ministers responsible for European affairs and ministers for culture met in Paris for an informal meeting focusing on joint ways to better preserve European cultural heritage. The meeting resulted in a declaration calling for ...
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Important information about the 2019 ICOM UK AGM + Kyoto 2019 meetup

We are delighted that many of you are able to attend the 2019 ICOM UK AGM on Thursday 27 June at the Barbican Centre in London. We are still taking proposals from members who would like to give short presentations about current or future international projects, collaborations, research etc.  Please send ...
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Copyright in Europe and beyond

This article was first published in the IFACCAACORNS newsletter. In April, the Council of the European Union approved the Directive on Copyright in the Single Digital Market, which will soon require EU Member States to start legislating at a national level. Views on the Directive continue to be mixed – particularly ...
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Interview with Maisa Al Qassimi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE

ICOM UK member Luigi Galimberti interviews Maisa Al Qassimi about the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE. Maisa Al Qassimi is Senior Project Manager at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Dubai International Arts Centre and the advisory board of the UAE Pavilion at ...
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European Museum of the Year Winners

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), organised by the European Museum Forum (EMF), was presented on 25 May, at the 2019 Award Ceremony held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in collaboration with War Childhood Museum, winner of the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2018. The European Museum of the Year Award and the Council of Europe Museum Prize are the longest ...
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Zhengzhou, China’s relic-rich city, to build over 100 museums in 3 years

This article was first published online at http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/22/c_138080187.htm The city of Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, will build over 100 new museums in three years to integrate the city’s history and culture into modern life. According to a three-year action plan on museum development released by the city government, over 50 ...
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