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Sites of Hurtful Memory
Most would agree on the positive impact of cultural heritage preservation. However, there are those buildings and sites that may not be included in local history and topography because they convey memories of events that some prefer to forget. The issue of preserving sites of hurtful memory prompts three fundamental questions: Why should places be preserved if they offend the feelings of people who don't wish to be reminded? What kind of information do they convey that is not already available in other forms? And why and how should these places be dealt with as material heritage to be conserved?

From Memory into History: A Discussion about the Conservation of Places with Difficult Pasts
Preserving buildings and sites associated with painful memories or tragedies encompasses challenges that extend far beyond technical ones. Historian Conover Hunt, geographer Kenneth E. Foote, and filmmaker and preservation activist Felicia Lowe spoke with the GCI's Kristin Kelly and Jeffrey Levin regarding their perceptions of the complicated human concerns that this area of preservation inevitably involves, particularly with respect to sites in the United States.

Remembering and Imagining the Nuclear Annihilation in Hiroshima
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is located in the heart of the city of Hiroshima, the most conspicuous reminder of the city's near-total annihilation by a U.S. atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The 1948 Peace City Construction Law, enacted through a local referendum, enabled construction of the Peace Memorial Park. While the idea of Hiroshima as a symbol of world peace seems almost self-evident today, that Hiroshima should become a symbol of peace as the world's first site of atomic destruction was not so obvious immediately following the war. Citizens and critics publicly debated about what should be done with the incinerated space around ground zero.

AATA Goes Online
Conservation professionals have long recognized the important role played by the publication Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA), not only in the development of conservation as a field of study but also in the overall effort to preserve the world’s material cultural heritage. Now this major reference work for the conservation field—managed and published by the GCI since 1983—is available for free to conservators around the globe. After almost 50 years, AATA has increased its accessibility to the conservation profession by becoming a free online service.

GCI News: Projects, Events, Publications and Staff
Updates on Getty Conservation Institute projects, events, publications, and staff.

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