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 Preparations for the Kyoto conference are in full swing. There is already the conference website which provides general information. All major museums of Japan are actively involved in the preparation of the first ever conference of ICOM in Japan. The beautiful city of Kyoto provides a splendid venue. Kyoto is known for its rich tangible and intangible heritage.

Rukuon-ji or Temple of the Golden Pavilion (© Nora Kennedy 2019)

The ICOM General Conferences attract delegates in the range of 2500-3000 in a range of about 140 countries. This is an excellent opportunity for all ICOM members to understand the functioning of ICOM and the depth and breadth of the organization. The sessions and technical excursions allow opportunities for exchanging ideas and broadening perspectives with international committee members on overlapping issues. In addition to the plenary sessions highlighted with keynote speeches on topics pertinent to the field of culture, the strengthening of symbiotic relationships between the 30 International Committees and between the 121 National Committees are some of the expected outcomes of the conference. In addition to the rich academic programme of General ICOM Conference over the 5-day conference, Kyoto museums and cultural precincts will host evening receptions, providing the chance to socialize with colleagues from around the world.



ICOM-CC will have a prominent presence in the upcoming ICOM Kyoto 2019, the 25th ICOM General Conference. Besides collaborative sessions with INTERCOM, ICAMT, COMCOL, and ICOFOM, we are also organising a visit to the Nara Research Institute for Cultural Properties and an excursion to the Tohoku Region. Here are the details.

‘How far can we come with traditions?’
2 September, 14.30-18.00h at the Inamor Memorial Hall.
We kick off with this collaborative session between ICOM-CC, INTERCOM and ICOM SEE, organised by Anna Bülow (ICOM-CC), Goranka Jorjan (ICOM SEE) and Ole Winter (INTERCOM). Highlights of the session include keynote speaker Rane Willerslev (National Museum of Denmark) presenting ‘Reinventing museums to shape the future’, followed by a panel discussion titled ‘Shaping the Future, Doing More with Less’.

‘Storage of Collections’
3 September, 13.30-18.00h in Room D.
Co-organised by ICOM-CC, ICAMT and ICMS and led by Jean Higersum and Anette Hansen (both representing ICMS) and Achal Pandya (ICOM-CC). The session includes presentations addressing approaches to collection storages, space management, security, and discussions on how to manage all that on a small budget.

‘What is the essence of Conservation?’
4 September, 13.30-18.00h in Room E
The cycle of ICOM-CC conferences conclude with this collaboration between ICOM-CC and ICOFOM, led by François Mairesse (ICOFOM) and Renata F. Peters (ICOM-CC). Preliminary programme:
Stephanie Auffret (Getty Conservation Institute, USA): Considerations on the Preservation of the Authenticity of Cultural Heritage: a Conservator’s Journey.
• Supreo Chanda (University of Calcutta, India): Veil of Modernity in Conservation of Living Heritage.
Scarlet Galindo (National Watercolour Museum, Mexico): Constructing the future, lines to be consider.
Hsu Hsinhui (Chung Tai World Museum, Taiwan, Republic of China): Museality, Authenticity and Reality: a Buddhist view on the conservation and exhibition of Buddhist objects.
Gina Levenspiel (University of Melbourne, Australia): Continuity by repetition - why form matters in architectural conservation.
Francois Mairesse & Renata F. Peters (Université de Paris 3 - Sorbonne, France & University College London, UK): What is the essence of conservation?
Mari Nakamura (Tagawa City Coal Mining Historical Museum, Japan): Investigating the Way of Conserving the Originality of Modern Paper Materials.
Robyn Slogett (University of Melbourne, Australia): Evidence and authenticity - the problem of cultural relativism in conservation decision-making.
Markus Walz (University of Applied Sciences Leipzig, Germany): Authenticity—argued as affective, authoritative, and attributed.

Anyone interested in reading the extended selection of papers submitted to this session before the presentations should contact the organisers on


ICOM-CC Off-Site Day - Thursday 5 September

Nara Research Institute for Cultural Properties
5 September 2019
Our ICOM-CC liaison for the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto, Reiko Sakaki, has created for us an attractive and relevant program for the Conference Off-Site day scheduled for 5 September 2019. On this tour we will learn about the conservation of objects that were damaged by the March 2011 Tsunami and visit the Nara National Research Institute where many of these artefacts were treated. There will be a chance to experience some very special UNESCO World Heritage sites, stroll around the old town of Nara and study some traditional Japanese artistry. Bring your ICOM card for free entrance to Nara National Museum, but please note that entrance fees are charged for visiting the temples, shrines, their related museums, and other small museums. Lunch and some of the specific experiences mentioned are at own costs. The bus transportation between Kyoto and Nara is free, as it has been generously supported by the Japanese Cultural Heritage Agency. If you are going to the ICOM General Conference, we hope that you will join us on the off-site day to Nara.

We have now reached the maximum number of participants and the sign-up for this meeting is closed. 

Download the programme for the ICOM-CC Off-site to Nara. 

ICOM-CC Post-Conference Tour in Tohoku Region 

Together with invaluable planning and support from the ICOM Kyoto 2019 Organising Committee and the Organising Committee for the ICOM-CC’s Post-Conference Tour in Tohoku (spearheaded by ICOM-CC Kyoto liaison, Reiko Sakaki, Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo) ICOM-CC is offering a 4-day post-conference tour in the Tohoku Region of Japan. 

On March 11th, 2011, devastating earthquakes and tsunami hit the Tohoku region, and many museums and cultural heritages sites and objects in this region suffered serious damage. Since then, the staff of these museums have dedicated enormous time and resources to rescuing damaged objects and to conserving and restoring them. On this post-conference tour, we will visit some of the museums that suffered from this disastrous phenomenon, and hear the experiences of the museum personnel.

Among the institutions we will visit:

  • Fukushima Cultural Property Centre / Shirakawa branch (Fukushima Prefecture)
  • Tohoku History Museum, Rias-Ark Museum of Arts (Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Rikuzentakata City Museum, Iwate Prefectural Museum (Iwate Prefecture)


Registration fee (including transportation, accommodations and tax): €477 or 60,420JPY

We hope that this post-conference tour will be a good opportunity to think about how to prepare for disasters that may occur anytime and anywhere, and how to cope with them.

The tour is open to all ICOM General Conference delegates. We look forward to your participation!

This tour is a post-conference activity from Sunday 8 - Wednesday 11 September 2019.

For further details and full itinerary, please check the flyer.
For question regarding the tour, registration and payment:

Download the registration form.

Download informational flyer with itinerary.



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