Call for papers

The ICOM-CC Metals Working Group and the Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-restauration Neuchâtel are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 9th Interim Meeting of the Metals Working Group.

This is the first time that the conference will take place in Switzerland and will be hosted by a University featuring a preeminent conservation-training program.

The conference will consider topics including:

Conservation treatment

  • Archaeological and historical metal objects
  • Modern metals
  • Sculpture, public art and monuments
  • Architectural metals
  • Military heritage
  • Industrial and technical cultural heritage
  • Composite artefacts
  • Preventive conservation and management of collections

Research studies in metal conservation

  • Study of traditional methods of metal crafts including the history of techniques
  • Advances in metal analysis and corrosion characterization
  • Deterioration and conservation of modern metals
  • Monitoring techniques for indoor metal collections (showcases, galleries and buildings)
    Risk management analysis
  • Progress in conservation methods (e.g. stabilization techniques, cleaning, etc.)
  • Documentation and monitoring in metal conservation (e.g. 3D digitization, modelling, etc.)
  • New approaches to metal protection such as coatings and corrosion inhibitors

All aspects of the conservation, study and research of metallic cultural heritage are welcome and papers may explore other topics.

The program for Metal 2019 will feature a dedicated Young Conservation Professionals session. Students and recent graduates (not more than 3 years from the end of the studies) are invited to submit abstracts for this session. If selected their contribution will be published in the proceedings as short papers.