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A selection of photographic materials from the GCI's Reference Collection. Photo: Dennis Keeley

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  Photographic plate Niépce's photographic plate of Cardinal d'Amboise is examined with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The Royal Photographic Society collection at the National Media Museum. Photo: Art Kaplan, GCI

Research on the Conservation of Photographs

Recent technical analysis by GCI scientists of photographic plates by Joseph Nicephore Niépce, from the UK's National Media Museum, provide new evidence of Niépce's contribution to early photography, including revelation of a previously undiscovered method of image making dating to the 1820s.

Read the press release related to these new findings.

Learn more about Research on the Conservation of Photographs Project.

  GCI scientist GCI scientist, Marc Walton, examining a fragment of Attic pottery with a digital three-dimensional microscope Photo: Jeff Maish, JPGM

Collaborative Research on Attic Red and Black Figure Pottery

The GCI, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford are investigating the technology used to make ancient Greek pottery. The project, made possible by a National Science Foundation grant, will provide a deeper understanding of ancient pottery techniques, inform future conservation methods, and enhance knowledge of iron spinel chemistry used in the advanced ceramics utilized by aerospace.

Learn more about this research project.

  Experts meeting March 2009 experts meeting at the Getty Center. Photo: Caroline Cheong, GCI

Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative

In March 2009, the GCI convened an experts meeting to define the most urgent conservation issues of the historic urban environment, and to identify actions that can assist professionals and decision makers in addressing conservation threats.

Read the report online.

Learn more about the Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative.

  Panel painting Lady Playing a Lute (detail), Bartolomeo Veneto and Workshop, Italian, about 1530, oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Panel Paintings Initiative

Staff from the GCI, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum will be attending a meeting of the advisory group of the Panel Paintings Initiative on December 14-15, 2010 in New York. They will be discussing the next phase of the initiative, including education and training activities.

Learn more about the Panel Paintings Initiative.

  Van Nelle Factory The 1929 Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, today the Design Factory, is a successful example of adaptive reuse that incorporates sustainable design principles. Photo: F. Eveleens, (creative commons license)

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Sustainability and Heritage in a World of Change

On January 11, 2011, at the Getty Center, Susan Macdonald, head of GCI Field Projects, will lead a panel of experts in a discussion on climate change and sustainable development, and their relationship to the conservation of cultural heritage.

Find out more information about this free event and make a reservation online.

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Proceedings 10th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, Quito, 8-11 September 2009

This conference took place in Quito, Ecuador, in September 2009 and focused on ways to engage all stakeholders in the revitalization of historic city centers.

Read the proceedings online.

GCI Publications Available in PDF: Recently Added

Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road

Proceedings from the Second International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites.

Passé, present et future des palais et sites royaux d'Abomey

Preprints from an international conference organized by the GCI, ICCROM, and Ministère de la culture et de la communication du Bénin, September 1997. Available only in French.

Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter: New Issue

The fall 2010 edition highlights the conservation of decorated architectural surfaces, including wall paintings, mosaics, plaster finishes, stucco, and tiles.

Join the conversation. Post your comments about our featured roundtable discussion Preserving in Place: A Discussion About the Conservation of Decorated Architectural Surfaces.

Read this issue online.

Video: In the Valley of the Queens

This 11-minute video highlights the GCI's work with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to develop and implement a plan for the management and conservation of the Valley of the Queens.

Watch the video.

Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through your library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.

O T H E R   N E W S

  Martha Demas and Chinese Vice-Prime Minister, Zhang Dejiang, during the awards ceremony.

GCI Staff Member Honored

The People's Republic of China has honored Martha Demas, senior project specialist at the GCI, with the Friendship Award, the highest award presented to foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress. This award is in recognition of Demas's extensive involvement in the GCI's work on the China Principles and Mogao Grottoes projects.

Read an interview with Martha Demas.

Position Available

The GCI Education department is seeking a senior project specialist with expertise in built heritage. The application deadline is December 20, 2010.

Find out more information and apply online.


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