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Presenting Institutions & Organiser

IIC-PM 2017 Hong Kong Symposium is jointly presented by:

- International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

- The Palace Museum, Beijing, China

- Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR

and organised by:

- Conservation Office



Founded in 1950 in London, IIC is a learned society and international organisation supported by fellows, individual and institutional members worldwide with the mission to advance knowledge, practice and standards for cultural heritage preservation.

For over 60 years, it serves to provide a communication platform among conservation professionals by means of conferences, publications (Studies in Conservation and News in Conservation), conservation workshops as well as collaboration with museums and other organisations. It also promotes academic excellence and public awareness through its awards and scholarships.


Established in 1925, the Palace Museum located in the heart of Beijing was the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, and antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. In 1961, the State Council of China designated the former imperial residence as one of China's foremost-protected cultural heritage sites, and in 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) plans and manages a wide range of sports, recreational and cultural facilities in Hong Kong. The main objective of the department is to enrich the community's quality of life through the provision and promotion of recreational and cultural facilities and activities.

In the heritage and museums services, LCSD endeavours to create a vibrant cultural ecology rooted in Hong Kong's distinctive cultural identity through preservation of cultural heritage, provision of quality museum service to enhance people's understanding and appreciation of both local and global culture. Efforts are also focused on preserving and conserving cultural relics, antiquities and monuments and promoting heritage education to foster a sense of belonging among the people of Hong Kong. The LCSD manages 14 museums and 5 other cultural venues, each one unique in its focus. Broadly, these museums cover art, history and science.


The Conservation Office of LCSD is committed to preserving the local cultural heritage and promoting conservation awareness amongst the general public. The Office is responsible for the conservation of more than 200,000 collection items pertaining to 14 public museums and 2 heritage centres as well as the archaeological finds of the Antiquities and Monuments Office, and at the same time, provide conservation support for varied thematic exhibitions. To cater for the need of different types of collection materials, the office has a variety of specialties to provide specific conservation care for Chinese paintings, oil paintings, paper artifacts, photographs, textiles, wooden artifacts, metals, ceramics and archaeological finds.


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