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Cleaning of Wooden Gilded Surfaces

We recently launched a project on the Cleaning of Wooden Gilded Surfaces to address the gap in specialized knowledge on cleaning these types of decorative surfaces. The project encompasses research on cleaning systems targeted to gilded surfaces and the development of a workshop series to be offered internationally, didactic material to be shared with the field, and a professional network of experts.

Download a free copy of the report from the 2018 experts meeting.


Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter

In this edition of Conservation Perspectives, the focus is on concrete structures, the place they occupy in our realm of built cultural heritage, and how we can conserve concrete architectural landmarks in a way that preserves both the structural stability and the aesthetic integrity of these remarkable structures.

Download a free copy of the fall edition of Conservation Perspectives.

Professional Opportunities


Conservation Guest Scholars

This fall we welcome the first two Conservation Guest Scholars of the 2019–2020 scholar year. Anica Draganić is a professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and W. Brent Seales is professor and chair of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The Conservation Guest Scholar program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue scholarly research in an interdisciplinary manner in areas of interest to the international conservation community.

Applications for the 2020–2021 scholar year will be accepted until November 1, 2019. Find out more and apply online.


Graduate Interns

In September we welcomed nine graduate interns who will spend the next twelve months undertaking work in technical studies research, wall paintings conservation, earthen architecture and seismic retrofitting, collection environments, plastics, mosaics, lacquers, and cleaning gilded surfaces.

Applications for the 2020–2021 graduate intern year will be accepted until November 1, 2019. Find out more and apply online for a paid internship.



AATA Online

In the fall update of AATA Online, we added over 700 new records from journals dedicated to the study of movable and immovable cultural heritage, including archaeological sites, historic buildings, paintings, and decorative arts.

Search AATA Online.


Newly Acquired Titles

In September we added nearly 200 new titles to the Conservation Collection in the Research Library. Topics include Cyanotype production techniques, protection of historic coastal cities, urban development in Cambodia, and the economic aspects of cultural heritage.These new titles and many more are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some of these materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

View the full list.

Other News


Preservation of Plastics

Odile Madden, who heads the scientific component of our Modern and Contemporary Art research initiative, speaks about plastics degradation in this open access article in Chemical & Engineering News.

Learn more about plastics research.


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