icam13 – a letter from the president
The Acropolis from the Philopappos Hill© icam

07.12.2005 | what’s on
by Victoria and Albert Museum

I am writing to introduce the icam13 conference in Athens in June 2006, launched on the theme of East and West and containing an inspiring mixture of formal and informal sessions to suit a broad range of interests. It continues the concern with CAD and digitisation that is so central to our collections and develops the education theme launched at icam12 in Vicenza. New subjects include major sessions on the threats facing the records of Modernism, a re-examination of traditional recording methods, and practical session on a surprisingly neglected subject, the conservation of models. This conference will also have a market place. This is a unique chance to present the work of your institution as well as to find out what other members are doing, and I hope that as many delegates as possible will want to set up a stall.

Each icam conference gives us an opportunity to find out more about particular cultures of architecture, architectural museums and collections. I know from having experienced them with Board earlier this year, that the tours and visits will give an unmissable insight into the many-layered architecture of Athens, from the extraordinary work that is going on to restore the buildings on the Acropolis, to its extremely interesting twentieth century architecture (including the Olympic structures) and the outstanding neo-classical buildings (and their paper records) linked to the founding of the Greek state. The post-conference tour will go to main ancient and medieval monuments of the Peloponnese .

I hope very much to welcome you to icam13.

Yours sincerely
Michael Snodin

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