On behalf of the coordination team of the Metals Working Group and the organizing committee for the conference, we would like to welcome you to Metal 2016, the 9th interim meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.
The MWG is one of the largest working groups of ICOM-CC and the conservation community’s leading body engaged with the conservation, restoration and preservation of objects and structures made of metal or metallic alloys of archaeological, indigenous, artistic, or historical origin. Members of the MWG are from all regions of the world and include conservators, conservation educators, corrosion scientists, and conservation engineers.
Metal 2016 is the first time that this well-loved conference will be held in South Asia. This is a very important milestone for the group as well as for our colleagues and friends in India and the region of South Asia. India has an incredible
history of metallurgy, metalworking, and metallurgical science, and we are sure that the conference will be a unique and memorable experience.
Metal 2016 will feature an exceptional program of speakers from the world’s leading cultural institutions and the private sector. The program will showcase recent research and projects that are inclusive of both conservation practice and conservation science. The conference offers many opportunities for us to learn from one another across disciplines and cultures, and we hope that you take full advantage of what will be an exceptional week with colleagues from across the world.
The conference venue is the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is an autonomous trust under the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture. IGNCA has a Conservation Division, which specializes, in the areas of preventive conservation, conservation training, conservation of books and manuscripts, paintings, objects (metals, wooden objects, ethnographic objects, etc). The Conservation Division also undertakes research and documentation projects in the field of cast iron objects and rust converters. IGNCA is located in the heart of New Delhi in the vicinity of the India Gate (War Memorial), Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), National Museum, National Archives, and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). For more details about IGNCA, kindly visit our website www.ignca.nic.in
New Delhi is a unique synthesis of Western Classicism and Indian decorative motifs. Originally the capital of British India, the city was designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens and Herbert Baker. When India attained Independence in 1947, New Delhi was retained as the capital of the country. An historic, multi-cultural and modern city, New Delhi has more than 1300 monuments, more than 100 museums, art centres and art galleries, and innumerable places of worship of all religions.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Metal 2016!
Coordinator, ICOM-CC Metals Working Group