By Graham Voce and Sarah Stannage
Every year IIC holds the Annual General Meeting (AGM) bringing IIC’s Council and Officers together with members to review the previous year; those in attendance discuss issues, news and developments with Council in order to help move IIC and the international conservation profession and community forward. The AGM is also a governance meeting that is part of IIC’s legal framework as a UK registered charity; at this time the Trustees—members elected and co-opted to the governing Council—either stand down or are (re)elected by members of IIC who are eligible to vote.
This year was the first time IIC was able to offer online voting for the election of members to Council, and both the AGM and AGM talk were livestreamed to IIC members through our new IIC Community platform. We were thrilled that so many members were able to engage with the proceedings and have a say on the future direction of the organisation.
The 2020 AGM was held on Monday 27th January at the Society of Antiquaries of London. This allows IIC the opportunity to work with one of the oldest heritage conservation organisations in the world, with roots going back to 1707.
At this AGM three Council members finished their terms in office: Lorenzo Appolonia, Barbara Reeve and Stavroula Golfomitsou. As well as being an ordinary member of Council, Lorenzo Appolonia was also Chair of the Local Organising Committee, which delivered the highly successful Turin Congress in 2018 as well as strengthening the relationship with the Regional Group in Italy through his presidency of the IGIIC. Barbara Reeve has promoted the growth of IIC through the Membership Committee and supported greater access to the Opportunities Fund as well as engaging new Fellows in IIC’s purpose. Stavroula Golfomitsou has been a strong advocate for IIC Regional Groups and has helped to widen the representation of nationalities involved in IIC through our affiliated groups and partnerships, helping IIC to meet the evolving needs of the profession. All three members of Council will be very much missed.
We were delighted that Amber Kerr was elected to the role of Director of Communications, having been co-opted to the position in May 2019, and very pleased that Eleonora Nagy was elected to a second three-year term as an Ordinary Member of Council, we also welcomed Lorinda Wong onto Council for the first time.
After the ordinary business of the AGM, we then moved onto the AGM Talk by Beatriz Haspo, “National Museum of Brazil Lives!” Beatriz presented her findings and recommendations from a recent research mission supported by IIC to the National Museum of Brazil to explore the ongoing efforts to salvage and conserve collections and artefacts damaged by the fire in September 2018. The damage and needs assessment was funded by the Prince Claus Fund Culture and Development programme, and co-sponsored by the Whiting Foundation.
The AGM + AGM Talk were livestreamed to an audience of over 200 members around the world. We received wonderful messages of support from our members in countries from Colombia to Spain. A special thanks should be given to Freya Hellier and Kate Smith for facilitating the livestreaming.
A recording of the AGM + AGM Talk will be available
shortly on the IIC Community platform.
JANUARY 2020 COUNCIL MEETING
On the 27th and 28th January, IIC Council held its first meeting of 2020 at the same venue as the AGM. This two-day meeting enabled retiring members of Council to make their final contributions to Council. The second day allowed new members of Council to be introduced to the range of topics currently driving IIC, from climate change through to increasing our alignment with IIC Regional Groups and planning for the Congress in Edinburgh later in the year.
The full set of minutes from the 2020 AGM will be published on the IIC Website and carried in the April issue of News in Conservation. The membership rates for 2020-21 will also be published in the April issue of NiC.
In the meantime, we look forward to your continuing participation and engagement in IIC over the coming year.
IIC Executive Director
IIC Executive Secretary
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A SPECIAL FARWELL
This year’s AGM had a sad angle to it in that Graham Voce, our longest serving staff member, was farewelled from his current role as IIC Executive Secretary. Whilst presidents and secretaries-general serve a fixed term and come and go, Graham has been the constant face of IIC for the last 15 years. Appointed in 2004 to succeed Perry Smith, Graham came from a background in recruitment, specialising in museum and gallery appointments. However, conservation was already in his blood, and anyone who has watched him tell the story of his home, Kennington Watertower, on the TV series Grand Designs will know that for Graham conservation is vocational.
Asked to identify the highlights of the past 15 years, Graham points particularly to the conferences, whether the major biennials or the smaller student conferences. The success of the IIC Turin Congress in 2018 and the student and emerging conservators conference in Cologne 2019 were particularly satisfyingly. But above all Graham says he will miss the people contact, citing the pleasure it gave him to assist the many members who over 15 years have come to know him so well, whether by phone or email or by meeting at conferences. No longer will that friendly and familiar voice greet callers to the IIC Office. Graham, we will miss you greatly and thank you for all you have contributed to IIC.
We are thrilled that Graham will be with IIC a little longer, working on a special 70th anniversary project over the next few months involving the IIC archives, funded by the Pilgrim Trust and supported by the National Archive at Kew.
Members will be able to watch the AGM recording, now available on the IIC Community platform: https://iiconservation-community.org/events/livestream-the-national-muse...
(For the full article, read the February-March 2020 "News in Conservation" Issue 76, p. 28)