We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Coordination Office at the international conference "Preservation in Perspective" at the James Simon Gallery (Museum Island Berlin) on 23–24 November 2021. The hybrid event can be attended online (via Zoom). 

› Click here for the conference programme.

What are the topics? 

Written cultural heritage in archives and libraries worldwide is at risk. Since its foundation in 2011, the KEK has supported institutions in preserving their unique originals by funding around 740 projects – from individual restoration of objects to mass deacidification. The political and public spheres increasingly recognise the importance of written originals for our history and future. Yet there is still much to be done. Based on the experience of the last ten years, the KEK aims to develop a vision for the future of preservation including international perspectives.

What are the areas of development in the field of preservation? What conclusions can we draw? What synergies exist between the preservation of originals and their digitisation? What opportunities does cross-border coordination offer? What potentials lie in international cooperation? The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss these and other topics.


Tuesday, 23 November 2021: 10am – 5.30pm
Wednesday, 24 November 2021: 9am – 5pm

› Click here for the conference programme.

On 23 November, 6.30pm, Richard Ovenden OBE (Bodleian Libraries) will give a lecture on "The Social Importance of the Preservation of Knowledge", drawing on his latest publication Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack (John Murray, 2020). 


Attendance is free of charge. Registration will open soon. 


The James Simon Gallery is the new central entrance building and visitor centre for the Museum Island. It is named after James Simon (1851–1932), one of the most important patrons of the Berlin State Museums.

Address: James Simon Gallery, Bodestraße, 10178 Berlin

James Simon Galerie
View across the Museum Island. © Ute Zscharnt für David Chipperfield Architects

Get in touch with Dr Björn Schmidt for more information about the conference: 

  • email: Bjoern.Schmidt(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de
  • phone: +49 (0) 30 266 43 1451