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Dear Colleagues,


The Preservation Directorate of the Library of Congress announces the 53rd presentation in the Topics in Preservation Series (TOPS):


"Current Preventive Conservation Approach: the UNESCO Chair's Perspective."


Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 3rd floor

Library of Congress

101 Independence Avenue SE

Washington DC 20540


Monday, September 20, 2010



Professor Koenrad Van Balen, UNESCO Chair on Preventive Conservation, Monitoring and Maintenance of Monuments and Sites (PRECOMOS), and Ms. Anouk Stulens, director of Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen, will present a discussion on current preventive conservation, monitoring, and maintenance-based preservation approaches at the international level, based on collected experience from the PRECOMOS UNESCO Chair.

Approaching conservation from a preventive point of view, building upon maintenance and monitoring, leads to a paradigm shift in the heritage field. The discussion of these concepts, ongoing research and the long-standing experience by Monumentenwacht (Monument Watch) in Flanders will illustrate that preserving authenticity, empowerment of stakeholders and public involvement all benefit from this perspective and approach.


Prof. Dr. Van Balen has a background as engineer, architect, and as conservator.  He has carried out research and published on technical aspects of conservation of built heritage, interweaving the analysis and the treatments with reflections on the interdisciplinary conservation philosophy.  He is the director of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation at K.U. Leuven and is also a professor in the civil engineering department.


Ms. Anouk Stulens has a MA in History of Art and Archaeology and a Master in Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings. Her specific expertise deals with preventive conservation and the management of heritage non-profit organizations. Since 1998 she has been the director of Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen. 


Webcast opportunity:  If you would like to participate via webcast, send email to [log in to unmask] no less than three days in advance of the event.


The Topics in Preservation Series lectures are free and open to the public.

For further details and updated information about the series, please visit




Dianne van der Reyden

Director for Preservation

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Washington, D.C. 20540-4500


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