Organizations involved with / Allied to Conservation
"Asiarta Foundation is a non-profit arts foundation, established in early 2009, to support vital development, documentation and conservation of the visual arts in Asia. Our principal region of interest is Southeast Asia, with an initial country focus on Vietnam, though much of our work involves exchanges of skills, knowledge and ideas far beyond Asian boundaries."
Canadian Association of
Professional Conservators (CAPC)
(In English and French)
Council on Library and Information Resources
Formerly Commission on Preservation and Access (CPA) and
Council on Library Resources (CLR)
"Heritage Without Borders forms partnerships with international projects and organisations. We gather information to understand their needs and skill gaps. We then put together a team of professional volunteers that can help to achieve those aims. We aim always to have a long-term and sustainable impact in the area in which we work. To ensure that this is the case, we have a criteria for choosing suitable governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGO's) with which we work. We also have a criteria by which we judge proposed projects. These criteria are in place to ensure that our volunteers are safe and are able to make a positive long-term difference."
Formerly National Institute for Conservation (NIC). "Heritage Preservation works to ensure the preservation of America's collective heritage. Our programs and publications provide advice and guidance on the proper care and maintenance of historic documents, books and archives, works of art, photographs, architecture, monuments, anthropological artifacts, historic objects and family heirlooms, natural science specimens. We work with our members—the nation's leading museums, libraries and archives, historic preservation organizations, and historical societiesi to inform the public of the need to preserve our collective heritage."
"Clues for new medicines are hidden in old books reporting centuries of therapeutic experiences and practice. We trace these documents worldwide, decipher and interpret their texts, and repurpose their information for new scientific research.
"The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is a research centre at the interface of science, medicine, and the humanities, which bridges past and present, and inspires fresh investigations and innovative research strategies for tomorrow's health care."
The Intermuseum Conservation Association was the first non-profit regional conservation center in the United States. Currently located in Cleveland, Ohio, the ICA provides services including fine arts conservation, architectural restoration, custom building and display work, fine art storage, and cost-effective educational and field services.
"Cultural heritage is the mirror of society. It constitutes the legacy of tangible artefacts, such as historical buildings and monuments, as well as intangible features, such as traditions, customs and practices. Tangible and intangible cultural heritage operate through a symbiotic relationship, whereby the physical symbols serve as evidence of underlying norms and values of a culture. Taking this into consideration, the importance of protecting tangible cultural heritage is significant not only in order to reflect on and to better understand the past but also to maintain identification in the future.
"The Heritage Portal is funded by the European Commission via the Seventh Framework Programme NET HERITAGE. The Heritage Portal is maintained by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK."
"The New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi Incorporated (NZCCM ) is an association of professional conservators of cultural property employed in public museums, art galleries, libraries and in private practice. The NZCCM was formed in 1983 and became an incorporated society in 1986. The group has regional branches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin."
"The project's objective is to provide technical solutions and integrated systems for digital preservation of all types of audiovisual collections. The project intends to provide tangible results in the domain of preservation, restoration, storage and archive management, content description, delivery and access. Economic factors supporting preservation services will be addressed. The principal aim is to prepare the way for preservation factories providing affordable services to all kinds of collection custodians in order to manage and to allow access to their assets."
Founded twenty years ago in France, Restaurateurs Sans Frontières (RSF) is an international organization of art restoration experts committed to the preservation of world cultural heritage. With its headquarters in Avignon, France and centers in Istanbul, Bangkok and Thessaloniki, RSF has provided manpower, technical and scientific support for the restoration of fine artwork in the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America.
With restoration and restoration training as its central effort, RSF activities have taken on new dimensions to maximize social impact. RSF now launches public awareness campaigns to surround its restoration work sensitizing the general public on conservation and its importance. In this way, RSF not only physically protects objects by restoration, they also promote the culture and traditions attached to those objects.
"The association Restorers Netherlands was formed on July 1, 2005 by a merger of the associations VeRes (Restorers Netherlands), VAR (Association of Restorers of Paper, Books and Photographic material), Tron (Textiles Restorer talk Netherlands) and IIC-Netherlands ( International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works department Netherlands).
"Since 2005, Restorers Netherlands has grown to a more than 650 members, including conservators, curators, teachers, restoration architects, maintenance staff, scientists, etc. This is RN's largest association in the Netherlands for professionals in the field of management and conservation of cultural heritage .
"Restorers Netherlands represents its members from both the public and private sectors and covers all disciplines and specializations."
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research & Education (SCMRE)
(Formerly CAL, the Conservation Analytical Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution (CAL)
"The Stichting Ebenist is a non-profit organisation with the aim to provide a symposium about wood- and furniture conservation and restoration on a yearly basis. Each year alternating, the symposium is either national (in Dutch) or international (in English). After every symposium the lectures are gathered and published."
"The aim of Stichting Ebenist is to learn and broaden our knowledge within the professional field. We want to be a platform where restorers and colleagues from neighbouring fields can meet to share information, experience and research. With these objectives we intend to promote discussion and new channels of communication. This will improve the standards of conservation and restoration, and thereby help us maintain our cultural heritage in the best possible way."
"Association "Transverse wave" (Esperanto: Transverse Ondo) is established as a nongovernmental, non-partisan and non-profit association of citizens, whose objectives are scientific and technical research of conservation and restoration techniques and methods, exchange, acquirement and development knowledge and skills, education, conservators, restorers and other experts in the application of modern conservation and restoration methodologies and technologies (chemists, architects, archaeologists, art historians, art technologists, artists, etc.), developing awareness of the artistic values and the fostering of art in general, and promoting the concepts of 'conservation' - 'restoration' as well as 'conservator' - 'restorer':w
The people that should ultimately benefit from this Association - are the young, educated and professional staff, as well as students of conservation - restoration, art, chemistry, architecture, archeology, history, art and others who through the work of the association in cooperation with cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina can participate and be involved in projects of conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction works of art and cultural resources and historical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina."
"WAAC, the Western Association for Art Conservation, is a nonprofit membership
organization for professional conservators. WAAC was founded in 1975 to bring together conservators
practicing in the western United States to exchange ideas, information and news. Although WAAC is
specifically a regional organization for the western states including Alaska and Hawaii, any
individual or institution may become a member regardless of location or national
WCG is based in Washington, D.C., and draws its membership primarily
from Washington, Maryland, and northern Virginia. Members represent a
wide cross-section of the conservation community and allied professions.
They work in government, state, and private museums, studios, and
laboratories, and other cultural and academic institutions and
"The WTA e.V. has set itself the task to support research and its practical application in the field of building maintenance and monument preservation, and to disseminate practical knowledge, thus enhancing the application of new findings and modern technology."
"Networking of communities of researchers, infrastructure owners and users is one of the important instruments the European Commission is offering in order to establish co- operation and co-ordination between existing facilities, researchers, end-users, industrialists, manufacturers and suppliers.
"COST, which stands for European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research, is one of the longest- running instruments supporting co-operations among scientist and researchers across Europe. Within the COST domain Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies, Cost Action D42 is effective since October 2006. Till 2010, representatives from 22 COST countries will discuss the Chemical Interactions between the Indoor Environment and Cultural Artefacts in Cost Action D42 for safeguarding our movable cultural heritage."