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ICOM-CC Education and Training in Conservation Working Group
National Research Laboratory for Conservation, Lucknow, India

Working Group Interim Meeting
5th & 6th December 2016
at NRLC, Lucknow

Conservation, Education and Training in India: preparing a road map for the future

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International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) is the largest of the International Committees of ICOM and aims to promote the conservation of culturally and historically significant works and to further the goals of the conservation profession. The Working Group Education and Training in Conservation is part of the 21 Working Groups in ICOM-CC and aims to represent those interested in and/or involved in education and training in conservation throughout the world.
The National Research Laboratory for Conservation (NRLC) is a governmental institution comprising a team of professionally trained conservation scientists and conservators. NRLC aims to develop conservation of cultural property in India and has outreach beyond the Indian borders. To achieve this end, NRLC carries out research in materials and methods of conservation and diagnostic investigations, imparts training in preventive and curative conservation, disseminates knowledge in conservation and related areas through library and information services, provide technical assistance in the development of conservation facilities.

Conservation, Education and Training in India: preparing a road map for the future
This two-day ICOM-CC Education and Training Working Group Interim Meeting will gather relevant interested parties in the education and training of conservators in Indian museums and collections. The meeting will provide a platform for the main stakeholders, both national and foreign, involved in training conservators in India to meet and discuss the current situation with Indian museum directors, curators and conservators. The two day event will consist of keynote speakers and a discussion panel on the first day. The second day will consist of an expert meeting to discuss future steps in the training of conservators in India.

India is a country with a rich and diverse culture and a population of c.1.2 billion. Collections in which cultural heritage objects are housed reflect this and are vast. Graduate numbers in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage are currently inadequate to deal with the care of such an enormity of material. Conservation departments in museums are small and job vacancies are often not filled. The need for more graduates is great and emphasis should be on setting up additional conservation based degrees at other institutions. Teachers with the capacity to instruct on conservation related courses are lacking and need to be available before new courses can be set up. Teaching teachers to give them the skills to disseminate conservation training is paramount. Highlighting this aspect will be one of the key topics to be discussed at the December 2016 ICOM-CC interim meeting.

The future road map entails training management, curators, conservators and technicians at different levels to reflect the current situation in India. Academically trained conservators with a balanced knowledge and understanding of sciences and humanities as well as conservation principles will become the decision makers and conservation leaders. They will work in tandem with managers and curators to establish best practice and policies for museum objects. They will supervise technicians and other interested parties to carry out supervised appropriate work. Training future generations requires standards and guidelines to be established and put into play. The future road map will be inclusive of all relevant interested parties but should be managed by a central body. This meeting will establish a guide and plan for this map. 

Confirmed Speakers:
Micheal Wheeler (Centre for Conservation of Indian and Himalayan) Conservation Training in India – Current Issues and future directions
Achal Pandya (IGNCA, New Delhi) ICCROM REORG workshops
Gabriela Krist, Johanna Wilk & Tanushree Gupta (University of Applied Arts, Vienna) For India, Indo-Austrian Conservation Training
Ambika Bipin Patel (The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) Conservation Education and Training in India: Role of Higher Education Sector
Teresa Heady (St Pauls Cathedral, London) Teaching conservation in the Himalayas using locally resourced materials and incorporating indigenous techniques
Bipin Kumar Thakur (University of Delhi, New Delhi) Preparing A Road Map For Future Education And Training In Conservation In India: Emerging Challenges
Omkar Kadu (CSMVS, Mumbai) Conservation pedagogy and capacity building at CSMVS : my journey so far
Lia Gorter (Stichting Cultuur Inventariatie, Amsterdam) Training workshops: combining art historical (curatorial) and conservation
Rashmi Gajare (Independant) Designing an Interdisciplinary Seminar for Conservation Studies
Mamta Bhatt Pandey (IGNCA, New Delhi) Building an Effective Network
Deepshikha Kalsi (Textile Conservation Studio, New Delhi) Textile Conservation in India is still at its nascent stage
Vandana Singh & Sukhvir Singh (National Museum, New Delhi & CSIR-National Physical Laboratory) Establishment of a Centre for advance characterisation techniques for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the cultural properties
Rupert Featherstone & Julie Dawson (Hamilton Kerr Institute & Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK) The HKI Training Programme and collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum
Vinod Daniel & Kate Seymour (ICFP) Indian Conservation Fellowship Programme - needs assessed skill training.
Shikha Bansal (Konserve Bhaav) Training in Traditional Building Practices - future call
Dr K Abduraheem (Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh) Conservation Training and its Scope in India 

Shri RP Savita (National Museum, New Delhi);

Satish Panday (National Museum Institute, New Delhi);

Dr Baishaki Mitra (RB University, Kolkatta)

Panel Discussion Moderators Kate Seymour & Vinod Daniel

Organising Committee: Kate Seymour (ICOM-CC Coordinator Working Group Education and Training in Conservation)
Dr. B.V. Kharbade (Director General, NRLC, Lucknow)
Minesh Harinkhede (NRLC)
Anil Dwivedi (IGNCA)



REGISTRATION: Send an email to Pre-registration is obligatory and numbers will be limited to 75 participants

FEES: Registration is free and includes refreshments during the meeting. Participants travel and accommodation is at own cost.

ICOM-CC is most grateful for the support of NRLC in hosting and for their contribution to co-organising this event. The generous support of IGNCA is also acknowledged. 


Past Interims:

Conservation Science and Education

April 13-14, 2016

Joint Interim Meeting

Harvard Art Museums and ICOM-CC Working Groups Scientific Research, and Education and Training in Conservation

The 'Scientific Research' and the 'Education and Training in Conservation' working groups hosted a two day conference at Harvard University on Conservation Science and Education. It was an intimate meeting with around 60 very enthusiastic international delegates. Each paper contained valuable insights from the speaker and their institution and Alison Murray conducted a workshop applying threshold principles to conservation science education. Keynote presentations emphasized that the success of conservation science programs lies in being able to share results with a wide non-specialist audience. Many delegates expressed how energized they felt after the meeting. A good time was had by all.




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