RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US support

February 16, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US supportThe US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, has awarded a grant of $116,000 to launch RE-ORG Nigeria in a partnership between ICCROM, the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant was for one of 39 projects selected from 136 submissions from around the world. It is one of six projects selected from Africa.

The RE-ORG method helps museums around the world to regain control of their collections in storage, where it is difficult or impossible to circulate in 25% of cases. Since 2011, the method has been used in museums on every continent, in close partnership with national institutions and other technical and funding partners. Continue reading…


#Unite4Heritage: ICCROM and UNESCO in the UAE

#Unite4Heritage: ICCROM and UNESCO in the UAE

On 11 February 2017, the Director General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, visited the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah as part of launch for the #Unite4Heritage campaign in the United Arab Emirates.

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al-Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Court and Ruler of Sharjah, had presided over the launch ceremony for the #Unite4Heritage campaign earlier in the day at the Sharjah Fort (Al-Hisn).

The ICCROM-ATHAR event included an opening speech by Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director General, and welcome remarks by Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the Centre and by Mr Abdul-Aziz Al-Mussallam, Director of the Sharjah Heritage Institute and member of ICCROM’s Council. The event also included lectures at the theatre, an exhibition on the Centre’s activities for the Arab States, and demonstrations of first aid interventions to cultural heritage objects in times of conflicts. Continue reading…


Out of storage with the Geneva Ethnographic Museum

February 10, 2017

Re-Org and Geneva Ethnographic Museum
© Johnathan Watts du MEG

At the request of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum (MEG), Gaël de Guichen and Marjolijn Debulpaep of the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, Belgium, carried out a RE-ORG workshop in 1 – 2 Febrary 2016.

The collection, which is one of the largest in Switzerland with more than 70,000 items, will be transferred in 2018 to a shared storage facility.

It is a huge task but also a real opportunity to improve the collection’s use and access potential, while also ensuring long-term preservation. In order to prepare for the move, the collaborators of the collections unit adopted the RE-ORG method developed by ICCROM and UNESCO.

The method has been used successfully to date in more than ten countries on five continents. The MEG thus joins a strong professional community with the skills and experience to rediscover collections in storage, care for them and ensure their accessibility.


Results of Louvre-Lens Symposium

February 8, 2017

 

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

Post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities, Louvre-Lens Museum, 20 – 21 January 2017

Results of Louvre-Lens Symposium A special symposium on post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities, organized by ICCROM, the Louvre-Lens Museum and the Institut du monde arabe in Tourcoing, was held in Lens, France on 20 – 21 January 2017.

Over the course of the two-day symposium, experts gathered to discuss the various actions of international organizations for post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities.  They presented the state of theoretical developments in this field, and discussed several case studies in Europe and the Middle East in order to draw potentially relevant lessons for the future. Continue reading…


Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

January 10, 2017

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

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THURSDAY 19 to SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017 – SPECIAL EVENT AT THE LOUVRE-LENS MUSEUM

Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities
Aleppo, the Omeyyad Mosque, 2013 ©UNESCO / Ron Van Oers

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

At a time when significant archaeological treasures in the Middle East are threatened by tragic current events, the Louvre-Lens Museum is hosting a special event from 19 – 21 January on the theme of endangered heritage.  Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, will give a lecture on protecting cultural heritage in areas affected by armed conflict. Marie Lavandier, Director of the Louvre-Lens Museum and President of the ICCROM Council, will lead an international symposium on post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities. Continue reading…


Training workshop on preventive conservation held in Teheran

Training workshop on preventive conservation held in TeheranThe first International Training Workshop on the Museum Environment and Preventive Conservation is being held in Tehran from 8 to 12 January 2017. It brings together 34 museum professionals from Iran, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey.

This workshop is being organized by the Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR) and ICOM-Iran.   Held at the National Museum of Iran, it is the first of a series of workshops whose goal is to cover the many different aspects of conservation. Continue reading…


Fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded in Beijing

Fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded in BeijingThe fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded on 9 December 2016 at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Annual Forum has been organized since 2013, with the collaboration and financial support of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea.

The objectives of the Annual Forum are to explore, research, and debate key themes emerging from the Asian region that have implications for effective conservation and management of heritage.  These debates should result in formulation of policy guidance notes and/or principles related to the above themes, for improved and effective conservation and management of heritage. The Forum is also expected to contribute to capacity-building efforts in the region. Continue reading…


Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities

December 19, 2016

Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities In conjunction with the exhibition “History begins in Mesopotamia” on view until 23 January 2017, and in response to current events in the Middle East, the Louvre-Lens Museum and ICCROM, through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, are organising a two-day round-table dedicated to the post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities. Continue reading…


Free publication on emergency evacuation of collections

December 15, 2016

Endangered Heritage Emergency Evacuation of Heritage CollectionsNew user-friendly handbook launched by ICCROM and UNESCO helps save heritage collections in emergencies.
Armed conflicts and natural disasters causing deliberate or collateral damage to cultural heritage are more prominent than ever. To help strengthen efforts to save collections from imminent threats, ICCROM and UNESCO have joined forces to produce Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections, a practical handbook available for free download.

Built upon years of experience and real-life situations, this publication offers a field-tested, simple workflow for the emergency evacuation of valuable objects that is easy to replicate in any context.

A multi-purpose guide, it is created with a variety of users in mind, with simple language and layout intended for heritage personnel, emergency responders and civilians alike. It offers guidance on when and how to intervene to protect endangered heritage, its illustrations and charts helping readers to understand quickly and begin working.

In crisis situations already underway, it is a fast and easy read that covers the emergency documentation of collections, safe transport and temporary storage.

For institutions that are either in vulnerable areas or generally seeking to create an emergency plan, this booklet will be a valuable aid in disaster preparedness. It will assist users in prioritizing needs and in planning for realistic action within specific circumstances, using limited resources. Continue reading…