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September 12, 2006

Field Projects

China Principles: The objective of the project is to develop and promote national guidelines for conservation and management of cultural heritage sites in China.

Conservation of América Tropical: The objective of this project is to complete the conservation of David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural in Dowtown Los Angeles and to construct a shelter, viewing platform, and an interpretive center that will place the mural in its historical and artistic context.

Conservation of Mosaics in Situ: This project addresses a number of important issues related to the conservation and management of ancient mosaic pavements in situ throughout the Mediterranean region.

Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative: This initiative aims to mitigate threats to and repair damage sustained by Iraq's cultural heritage, and to rebuild the country's professional conservation and heritage management capacity.

Los Angeles Historic Resource Survey Project: The goals of this project are to research the objectives, methods, funding, and incentives employed in a comprehensive citywide survey in Los Angeles and to work with city decision-makers and stakeholders to implement a survey program.

Maya Initiative: The initiative aims to reinforce and develop conservation practices through collaborative efforts in order to resolve common problems in the Maya region.

Organization of World Heritage Cities World Symposia: This project, aimed at improving conservation and management of historic cities, involves a collaboration with the Organization of World Heritage Cities in the organizing of their World Symposiums.

Recording, Documentation, and Information Management (RecorDIM) Initiative: The objective of the project is to identify the critical gaps between those who provide the recording and documentation tools utilized in conservation and the conservation professionals who use them—and to work to bridge those gaps.

Terra: This project seeks to further earthen architectural heritage conservation through international institutional cooperation.
Valley of the Queens Project
: This project is a partnership with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to develop and implement a conservation and management plan for the Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile.

Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes: This project objective is to design, implement, and disseminate a methodology for the conservation of wall paintings in Cave 85—following the Principles for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in China —that will be adaptable to other cave temples at the Mogao Grottoes and to other Silk Road sites.

Science Projects

Alternative Climate Controls for Historic Buildings: The goal of this project is to demonstrate the application of controlled ventilation and heating or dehumidification as viable climate control strategies for improving collection environments in historical buildings in hot and humid regions.

Contemporary Art Research: Modern Paints: This project addresses questions regarding the character of modern paint materials through the development of analytical techniques for identifying modern paint media and the evaluation of cleaning methods and techniques for modern paintings.

Lime Mortars and Plasters: The general aim of this research project is to increase the knowledge base of architectural and objects conservators, as well as conservation scientists, regarding the materials and application procedures that might be considered in the treatment of lime-based mortars and plasters.

Museum Lighting Research: This project seeks to reduce the damage to works of art on paper caused by museum lighting through the reevaluation of current illumination guidelines and the testing and design of new lighting.

Organic Materials in Wall Paintings: The objective of the project is to improve the practice of wall painting conservation by developing a methodology for identification of organic materials used as binders, which are particularly vulnerable during intervention.

Research on the Conservation of Photographs: The goal of this project is to advance techniques for identifying important variations in photographic processes, thereby providing insight into postprocessing chemistry and chemical treatment of photographs.

Salt Research: Mechanisms of Salt Decay and Methods of Mitigation: The objective of this project is to improve scientific understanding of how stone deteriorates due to the action of water and salts, and to develop effective mitigation and conservation procedures.


Built Heritage in Southeast Asia: Conservation Education and Training Initiative: This project is an assessment of the education and training needs pertaining to built heritage conservation in Southeast Asia, defined provisionally as the region bounded by the countries of the Mekong River: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Conservation of Mosaics in Situ: Training and Capacity Building for Technicians and Site Management Professionals: This two-part project, a component of the larger Conservation of Mosaics in Situ project, is training regional teams of skilled technicians to address basic maintenance and stabilization needs of in situ archaeological mosaics. The project team is also developing a site management workshop for those responsible for setting policy and/or managing archaeological sites in Tunisia.

Conservation Teaching Resource: This project has created a Web site with a variety of resources for conservation educators—including teaching materials, information, and ideas—which were originally produced by the GCI as part of its courses, workshops, and other education projects.

Directors' Retreats for Conservation Education: The primary goal of this project is the enhancement of conservation education by providing senior-level educators opportunities for reflection, discussion, and renewal.

Museums Emergency Program Education Initiative: The aim of this initiative is the protection of cultural heritage through integrated emergency management, which combines the range of multi-disciplinary skills necessary to assess, mitigate, and respond to risks, with consideration of community interests, local contexts, traditions, and methods.

UCLA/Getty Master's Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials: This program, which awards a master's degree in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, is a partnership of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust.  The program is housed at the Getty Villa in Malibu.


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