Past Program

Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2009

Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage


Sixty custodians of the world’s cultural heritage unanimously passed the Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage on October 31, 2009

The declaration underscores the vital need to protect the world’s cultural heritage and will be distributed widely to cultural ministries and other key policymaking entities around the globe. Accompanying the declaration are a set of recommendations developed by the cultural heritage leaders from thirty-two countries gathered in Salzburg under the auspices of the U.S. federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS).

The declaration and the recommendations are the culmination of “Connecting to the World’s Collections: Making the Case for Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage,” which was convened from October 28 – November 1, 2009 in Salzburg as part of the IMLS’s multi-year initiative on collections care. 

The session combined presentations by leading experts in conservation and preservation throughout the world with small working groups tasked to make recommendations for future action in key areas, including emergency preparedness, education and training, public awareness, new preservation approaches, and assessment and planning.


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