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Environmental Research at the GCI
Contrary to popular belief, the museum environment is not always a benign one. Collections can face threats from outdoor and indoor pollutants, pests, and poor control of temperature, humidity, and air quality. In 1984 the Getty Conservation Institute embarked on a research program directed at problems in the museum environment. Now, nine years and more than twenty studies later, Conservation thought it appropriate to review some of the Institute's environmental research and its impact.

Archives of Culture: A Conversation with Wolf-Dieter Dube
The Director General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, talks about conservation, museum design, and blockbuster exhibitions in a unified Germany.

The World Heritage Committee Meeting
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention, which called for the recognition of natural and cultural sites of outstanding universal value. The 16th Session of the World Heritage Committee met in the historic town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, last December to consider the nomination of new sites and discuss how to improve the monitoring of sites already listed.

Conservation of Painted Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects
A major challenge in the conservation of ethnographic objects is the consolidation of matte painted surfaces. Unfortunately, technical literature has not been readily available to those interested in tackling this challenge. However, several new publications may help guide conservators in their efforts to preserve these fragile items.

GCI News
Updates on GCI events, courses and conferences, new publications, and staff profiles are reported.

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