Teaching and Learning Resources


Mosaics Conservation

Since the beginning of the collaborative MOSAIKON Initiative in 2008, several courses to train conservation technicians in the treatment and maintenance of mosaics were carried out on archaeological sites in North Africa and the Middle East by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in cooperation with national authorities in the region. These regional courses built upon the curricula of similar courses carried out from 2001 to 2008 at different sites in Tunisia as a collaboration of the Institut National du Patrimoine de Tunisie and the GCI.

The twenty-four classroom-based lessons prepared for these courses are now available as a resource to conservation professionals engaged in training conservation technicians in the care of mosaics on sites and in storage, as well as other architectural remains.

FREE. In English and French. An Arabic edition will be available in 2021. Access these training resources. Browse and access other teaching and learning resources.



Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance

Susan Macdonald and Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves

Over the last two hundred years, concrete has been used to produce a remarkably rich and diverse legacy of buildings and structures. However, concrete conservation is still a relatively new field with limited availability of guiding resources. This publication intends to fill that gap by providing a framework for architects, engineers, conservators, contractors, and stewards to make sound, informed decisions for conserving culturally significant concrete buildings and structures by referencing both concrete repair standards and international conservation principles.

FREE. Download your copy

Conserving Concrete Virtual Event
Live Roundtable Discussion for the Launch of Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance

Join us for this free virtual event bringing together a multidisciplinary group of professionals to discuss the importance of conserving historic concrete and of using a sound conservation methodology to guide practice.

December 2, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 am (Los Angeles time) via Zoom
FREE. Find out more. Advanced registration required.

Project Updates



In September, two new Arches-powered national heritage inventories launched in the Caribbean region. The Jamaica National Inventory of Historic Places and the Barbados National Registry of Historic Places were part of an initiative to establish and improve community-driven, national inventories/registries in the region through the Organization of American States project, “Enhancing the Framework for the Development of a Heritage Economy in the Caribbean.”

Learn more about Arches, an open source data management platform for the heritage field.


Conservation of América Tropical

The mural América Tropical by David Alfaro Siquieros was first unveiled in October 1932. This month also celebrates the reopening of the mural to the public in 2012, eighty years after it was completed. The reopening of the mural marked the culmination of years of effort by El Pueblo Historical Monument, the City of Los Angeles, and the Getty Conservation Institute to preserve, protect, interpret, and provide access to América Tropical. At this time, the GCI and El Pueblo Historical Monument are working together to finalize a long-term Monitoring Plan and Maintenance Schedule.

Watch the video and learn more about the América Tropical Conservation Project.



Terra 2022
13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage

New Date: June 7–10, 2022, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, economic impact, travel restrictions, and the subsequent logistical challenges, Terra 2021 World Congress on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage has been postponed to June 2022 and has been renamed Terra 2022. The abstract submission, review, and selection process has been completed at this time and the Call for Abstracts will not be re-opened.

Please be sure to check the Congress website in the months to come for information on registration and scholarships and announcements of opportunities for virtual engagement leading up to Terra 2022.


Hot Topics in Synchrotron Research in Heritage Science

Save the Date
February 22–24, 2021 Virtual Event
Hosted by Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and the Getty Conservation Institute

Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, the in-person conference, SR2A | Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons in Art and Archaeology, has been postponed. A new date is pending. During these unprecedented times we believe that keeping the scientific and professional community engaged and active is paramount, and have organized this virtual event with keynote lectures on relevant topics and a workshop on data analysis.

Additional information will be posted soon. Please check sr2a2021.org. FREE, but registration required.

Other Resources


Toolkit for Owners of Modern Houses

An initiative of the Iconic Houses Foundation

Launching this month, the Toolkits for the USA and The Netherlands bring together a library of useful information from all over the world that has been vetted by international heritage and conservation experts. In 2019, the Iconic Houses Foundation initiated a pilot project with the Getty Conservation Institute to compile a version of the Toolkit for the USA as part of the GCI's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. In 2020, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, joined the initiative and compiled the Toolkit for The Netherlands.

Find out more and access the Toolkits.


AATA Online Quarterly Update

The quarterly update for AATA Online includes records on earthen architecture; textile, paper, and furniture conservation; laser cleaning; analytic chemistry; optics for arts, architecture, and archaeology; and the postprints of various American Institute for Conservation specialty groups and ANAGPIC student papers.

Explore AATA Online where you can also find more about the Featured Subject Term: infrared thermography.


New Additions to the Conservation Collection

September additions to the Conservation Collection cover a wide range of topics including building information modeling, landscape architecture, the adaptive reuse design movement in American cities, structural restoration of masonary monuments, and a publication from the Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo. Some of these materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the full list of new additions.


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