Today many in the conservation profession recognize that if a major portion of our heritage is to survive, it must be cared for collectively. For the conservator that means turning some of his or her attention toward controlling the collections environment in ways that prevent or slow the deterioration of objects. This issue's feature explores the elements and advantages of preventive conservation.
Preserving the Collective Memory: A Conversation with Valery Leonov
The Director of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg talks about the Library's recovery from a devastating fire in 1988 and the institution's place in the new political landscape.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
In a decision of significance to U.S. museums, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) revises its policy regarding art objects damaged in disasters. The conservation of art works damaged during federally-declared disasters now will be eligible for funding. Preparing for emergencies, and responding effectively when they occur, is a critical component of collections care. The J. Paul Getty Museum and the GCI hosted their first joint workshop on emergency planning for museums, emphasizing the role top museum management plays in making preparedness a priority.
Cultural Heritage Under Fire
As recent events in Yugoslavia demonstrate, the threat to cultural property from war remains intractable. The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, adopted in 1954 at a conference held under the auspices of UNESCO, is the most comprehensive international agreement on the subject to date. Why has the treaty failed to do its job—and can anything be done to strengthen it?
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