The 2022 Annual Conference consisted of NZCCM hosting the International Institute of Conservation (IIC) Council to present the 2022 IIC Congress which took a hybrid format this year, promoting a more sustainable and 'climate friendly' event.

The Congress theme - ‘Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership’.

The role of conservation in shaping, saving and sharing our cultural heritage is sometimes represented as an opposition to change, as being tied to maintaining and reinforcing the status quo. This conference aims to challenge such a pre-conception. The 29th Congress will explore how and why conservators respond to, adapt to or lead change.

The programme topics covered:

  • Challenging conservation approaches in response to historical, social and environmental challenges
  • The changing role of conservation in communities
  • The development or implementation of shared, collaborative or co-designed conservation treatments, approaches or methodologies.
  • Mitigating or adapting to the effects of climate change
  • Role of conservation in sustainable development
  • The role of conservation in repatriation of cultural materials and challenging colonial practice
  • Scientific research that promotes or informs changes in conservation practice
  • Traditional vs. new approaches to leading and managing conservation

For the full programme please visit the IIC webpage: https://www.iiconservation.org/congress/wellington


One of the highlights of the Congress was the 2022 Forbes Prize Lecture, delivered by Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM. She is New Zealand’s leading Māori Paper Conservator, Field Conservator for the National Preservation Office, Alexander Turnbull Library, and formerly worked at the National Library of New Zealand and the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

The prize is named after Edward Waldo Forbes (1873–1969) who was Director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944 and the first Honorary Fellow of IIC in 1958. The Forbes Prize lecture was established in 1958 and is the highest award that the IIC offers internationally. 

2022 Forbes Prize Lecturer, Vicki-Anne Heikell

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