València, located on Spain’s Eastern coast, will hold the 20th Triennial Conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation. During five days (18 - 22 September), professionals involved in the field of conservation will be able to discuss current issues in conservation and the role sustainability plays in them.
Sustainability can be understood in many ways. We often think of it in ecological and economic terms, which are indeed relevant to our field and are already altering how we work. However, we must also consider sustainability from other vantage points, such as cultural, institutional, and even professional. In 2000, a satirical US journal warned, ' We may be running out of past.' Well into the digital age two decades later, that warning should perhaps be taken more seriously. Is the past – and its material symbols – at risk of becoming an unsustainable commodity? If the history, and its manifestations and associated values, becomes less relevant to today’s society, what are the implications for those entrusted with caring for cultural heritage? And what are the consequences if future generations are unaware of our shared past and unable to draw inspiration from it?
Join us as we explore these and other vital issues, such as how conservation can become greener and more efficient and how it might become a more sustainable undertaking. The 20th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference is a unique venue and opportunity for sharing and discussing ideas, findings, and achievements on this crucial topic.
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