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Importance of Collaboration: Bonnie Burnham’s Interview for the Antiquities Coalition

December 4, 2015

Bonnie Burnham, Senior Advisor to and President Emerita of the World Monuments Fund, spoke to the Antiquities Coalition during the New York Forum on September 24, 2015. In this video, Burnham stresses that collaboration is key to implementing effective measures to protect cultural heritage in times of conflict, citing documentation and capacity building as several such examples. She also speaks to the value of open-source software database projects such as Arches, the collaborative documentation effort between the World Monuments Fund and the Getty Conservation Institute, as well as the importance of solidarity in the face of the humanitarian crisis. Burnham is an expert in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage and served as President of the World Monuments Fund from 1985 to 2015, previously the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Art Research. He holds degrees in the history of art from the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.