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AIHA-AIC Partnership: Museum & Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group
The WG mission, partnering with the AIC and its Health & Safety Network, is to create a forum that brings together occupational health and safety professionals with conservation, cultural heritage and collection management professionals to effectively address the risk management needs of this industry. Together, the 40 members are working on these projects:The Museum & Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group (WG), an active inter-professional membership community since 2017, was formally approved by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Board of Directors on May 30, 2020, as an official volunteer group within the AIHA. The WG now has increased staff and budgetary resources, plus a public webpage for wider distribution of its products and activities.
- Producing evidenced-based best practice documents for health risk exposure management and occupational hazard mitigation. Example: Re-opening: Guidance for Museums and Collecting Institutions, one of many the AIHA Back to Work Safely Guidelines.
- Facilitating interdisciplinary teaching collaborations between schools of public health and museum studies or conservation/conservation science programs on the same campus (such as George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities).
- Assessing health and safety resource needs for cultural heritage emergency response training programs.
- Networking and conference/seminars between AIHA local sections and AIC-affiliated local guilds and art associations.
- Promoting the OSHA Office of Small Business Assistance/On-site Consultation Program free services for developing a health and safety compliance program to museum and cultural heritage site providers and conservation studio small businesses.
The institutions and occupations benefitting from AIHA Museum WG activities also include art galleries, archives, historical houses, national parks, local nature centers, botanical gardens, university teaching collections, and private industry or governmental agency historical holdings.
IIC Edinburgh Congress to be Held Online
The International Institute of Conservation’s (IIC) Edinburgh Congress, “Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation,” will take place online from November 2–6, 2020, with opportunities for real world meet ups and livestreamed tours of remarkable built heritage across Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site and surrounding areas. IIC’s program bridges the divide between built heritage and conservation around the world, from international sessions on the Mackintosh Building and Burrell Collection to examples of wall paintings at the Fengguo Temple in Yixian, China, to preservation strategies for painted tombs at El-Kurru, Sudan. For full details, visit: https://www.iiconservation.org/congress/.
Society of American Archivists: Preservation Publication Award
Lisa Elkin, chief registrar and director of Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, and Christopher A. Norris, director of Public Programs, Yale Peabody Museum, are the 2020 recipients of the Preservation Publication Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for their book, Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage (the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, The American Institute for Conservation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the George Washington University Museum Studies Program, 2019). The award recognizes the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation.
As a collaborative work, this volume issues a comprehensive guide to collection storage by drawing on the efforts of four publishers and seven associate editors (Mary Coughlin, Catharine A. Hawks, John E. Simmons, Jude Southward, Sarah Stauderman, Shelley Sturman, and Robert Waller). Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage — written by over 110 subject specialists (from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan) — defines and establishes standards for preservation, storage, and housing of collections and is a true compendium of preservation theory and practice. The last book to cover such a comprehensive topic was published nearly 25 years ago, and both ethical and practical considerations have evolved over time. Utilizing a risk management approach, covering storage for a variety of collections and media types in libraries, archives, museums, and digital collections, this book is an indispensable reference book for archival practitioners, and will likely be used for years to come. Focused attention on special collection types and materials such as remains, digital collections, and many more are presented with thoughtfulness and a full understanding of current standards and practice.
Podcast Series by the National Preservation Institute
The National Preservation Institute’s six-episode podcast series affords listeners the opportunity to hear from inspiring individuals who are shaping the field of preservation in the United States and learn about their preservation philosophies, inspiration, and accomplishments. Episodes will touch on advocacy, laws and regulations, preservation planning, intangible aspects of historic preservation stewardship, and more. Explore why preservation matters to these podcast guests, how it can make a difference in improving the future quality of life for people in communities around the country, and what links preservation to this year’s history in the making—from the pandemic to protests on social inequality and racism. Some podcast episodes include:
- Preserving Intangible History with Susan West Montgomery
- Preserving Resources and Fostering Diversity with Robert Stanton
- Preserving a Sense of Place with Laura Trieschmann
These podcast series celebrate NPI’s 40th anniversary. To listen to these episodes, visit: https://preservationprofiles.org/episodes.
—Lynne Richmond, firstname.lastname@example.org
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