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Managing Collection Environments Initiative (MCE)

The MCE initiative addresses compelling research questions and practical issues pertaining to the control and management of collection environments in museums. To mark MCE's new nine-month training course, Preserving Collections in the Age of Sustainability, we will feature posts at the start of each course phase.

In the first two posts from this series, senior project specialist and MCE manager Foekje Boersma introduces the research questions the initiative seeks to address and explains why determining a "safe" museum environment is more complex than it appears. Joel Taylor, project specialist and Preserving Collections course leader, discusses the course as it launches the first phase of its nine-month curriculum.

  El-Khazen family posing next to the Dome of Douris, Baalbek, Lebanon, 1925. Marie El-Khazen. Mohsen Yammine Collection. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation.

Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI)

MEPPI, a multiyear collaboration of the GCI, the Arab Image Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of Delaware to build the capacity of individuals and institutions in the preservation and awareness of photograph collections in the Middle East and North Africa, marks its culmination with a symposium in Beirut, May 3–4, 2017. Partnering with the Sursock Museum, MEPPI presents the symposium The Photographic Legacy of the Middle East and North Africa: Priorities for Sustainability. It will provide an opportunity to engage with directors from many of MEPPI's institutions, as well as scholars, decision-makers and other professionals, to both reflect upon the progress made by the initiative and to consider how to sustain the many benefits of the MEPPI network into the future.

Read reflections on the accomplishments of the initiative from MEPPI partners and workshop participants in the spring issue of the GETTY magazine.

  Photo © Mariusz Talarek/500px


Are you planning to attend the California Preservation Foundation Conference in Pasadena, May 10-13, 2107? Stop by the GCI booth and learn more about Arches: a free software platform purpose-built for cultural heritage data.



Conservation Guest Scholars

The GCI welcomes two new Conservation Guest Scholars this month. Hanna Höling, lecturer in the History of Art and Material Studies at University College London, will be furthering her research in the area of conservation of Fluxus artworks, events, and related ephemera. Joining her is Jongseo Park, a senior researcher at the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage in Daejeon, South Korea. His project centers around scientific studies on the deterioration of Asian Lacquer.

Professional Opportunities at the GCI


Principal Project Specialist, Archaeolgical Site Management and Conservation

The GCI is looking for a Principal Project Specialist to explore, develop, and manage potential initiatives and projects related to archaeological site management and conservation. Graduate degree in architecture, archaeology, conservation, urban planning, or related discipline with a minimum of 10–15 years combined practical and management experience related to cultural heritage conservation and strategic and corporate governance and leadership training.

Find out more and apply online.



Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Read the list of recently acquired titles online.



In March @GettyHub on Twitter was launched. This single social media destination helps meet the needs of arts and heritage professionals by bringing together trustworthy, interdisciplinary resources from across the Getty to support research, practice, and teaching. Follow @GettyHub and find the latest resources of interest to the conservation and scholarly communities: new technology tools, collections and exhibitions research, grant and training opportunities, scholarly events, digital and print publications, and updates on staff work behind the scenes.

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AIC 45th Annual Meeting in Chicago

May 25–June 2, 2017

Be sure to stop by our booth (412) at the annual meeting and learn about resources we have for conservation professionals.

The Getty Publications booth, featuring a full range of GCI books, will be adjacent to ours.


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