REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
By Julian Bickersteth and Sarah Stannage
IIC’s president and executive director, respectively Julian Bickersteth and Sarah Stannage, together wrote an article featured in a special issue of the Getty Conservation Institute newsletter, “Conservation Perspectives” which has just been published and is available here https://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/newsletters/36_1/36_1_toc.html .
“Just getting to this point seems to have required an unimaginable amount of energy, adaptation, and creativity. For many of us, living through a global pandemic has been a whiplash of intensely eventful periods and seemingly slow, eternal moments of standing still.
Even in these circumstances, somehow at IIC we have found the headspace to reflect on our founding seventy years ago and to help the profession find comfort in knowing that, as a community, we have the resolve not only to consider our own individual survival but also to attend to and care for each other.”
Read the whole article (p. 11-13), which champions IIC’s agility during this time of global distress and its focus on supporting members and knitting us closer together in our efforts to care for cultural heritage and each other.
Cover image of “Conservation Perspectives” Volume 36. Number 1. Spring 2021. Moving signage at the National Museum of American History during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured left to right: Langston Swiecki, Pedro Colón, Anthea Hartig, and Stephen Walczak. Photo: Irene Kariampuzha, National Museum of American History.