Italian Civil Protection and ICCROM Organize Joint Training

May 26, 2017

PROMEDHE - Italian Civil Protection WorkshopIn the immediate aftermath of a large scale emergency, the top priority is to save lives and restore communication and access to vital resources. Depending on the scale of the emergency, civil protection plays a pivotal role in the coordination of an emergency response.

Given their role as emergency responders, is it possible for national civil protection authorities to extend their roles to include the coordination of safeguarding cultural heritage during an emergency?

The Italian Department of Civil Protection, or Protezione Civile, believes so.  It has worked to secure and salvage cultural heritage affected during most of the emergencies affecting the country over the past 20 years, including the 2016-2017 earthquakes in Central Italy.

Building upon this experience, the Italian Department of Civil Protection invited ICCROM to co-host a six-day course, Specialized Training Course on the Protection of Cultural Heritage with PROMEDHE (Protecting Mediterranean Cultural Heritage during Disasters), in an initiative for the integration of the protection of cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region during emergency situations. Continue reading…


Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at risk

May 22, 2017

Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at riskThe two-day International Conference “Documenting the Heritage at Risk” has successfully concluded. The meeting was organized by the “Incontro di Civiltà” Association, chaired by Francesco Rutelli, in collaboration with ICCROM.

On Friday at Palazzo Poli and on Saturday at the Ex-Planetarium of the National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano, scholars and experts in art history, conservation and new technologies gathered from all over Europe, the United States, China and several Arab countries, as well as from UNESCO, ICCROM and major international organizations. Their discussions centered on the need to identify a universal code for cataloguing cultural assets at risk, in addition to adopting immediate commitments to intervene in war scenarios, crisis areas and environmental flash points, in order to safeguard affected heritage and to reconstruct what has been damaged or destroyed based on rigorous scientific criteria. Continue reading…


Iran strengthens its commitment to heritage

May 18, 2017

Iran strengthens its commitment to heritageIran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has announced its allocation of $2.4 million towards the conservation of sites around the world linked to Iranian heritage.

This announcement follows a recent mission to Iran by Stefano De Caro, ICCROM Director-General, to visit important heritage sites and meet with high level officials.

De Caro travelled to Iran at the invitation of Dr Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Director of ICHTO and ICCROM Council Member, who facilitated official visits to some of the nation’s most significant heritage sites and institution and organized the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The signing took place in the presence of Mrs Zahra Ahmadipour, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the ICHTO, and Mr Hadi Hamadi, Director of the Research Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR). Continue reading…


Documenting our Heritage at Risk

May 10, 2017

 Documenting our Heritage at Risk

International conference, Rome, 19-20 May 2017



Documenting our Heritage at RiskThe deliberate destruction of cultural heritage has become a core feature of modern conflicts and a tactic of war. In this scenario, safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage is becoming increasingly urgent and imperative. At stake is people’s very identity – their sense of being, their culture, history, collective memory and future legacy.

When heritage is at risk of being erased from memory, documentation plays a fundamental role.  It provides a testament of those sites and objects of major significance to a community, and also guides any future actions on that heritage. Continue reading…


Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditions

April 27, 2017

Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditions

Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditionsOn 9 and 10 May, a series of events will be held at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome. The series, entitled “Wooden architecture: learning from ancestors, keeping for posterity, teaching our contemporaries,” has been organized by the Kizhi State Museum, an open-air venue devoted to history, architecture and ethnography.

The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest museums in Russia.  The museum complex includes more than 80 wooden architecture monuments. The gem of this collection is the architectural complex of Kizhi Pogost, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Experts at this museum have accumulated significant experience in the field of conservation and restoration of wooden architecture. In order to spread the knowledge gained, the Museum has founded the Training Center for the Conservation of Monuments of Wooden Architecture and started the UNESCO Chair for the Study and the Protection of Wooden Architecture. Continue reading…


Agreement between Italy and UNESCO – 60th anniversary

April 26, 2017

Agreement between Italy and UNESCO – 60th anniversary60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO for the establishment of ICCROM on Italian territory

The 27th of April marks the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status of ICCROM on the Italian territory.  This signing ceremony took place in Paris on 27 April 1957.

The speech of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Amintore Fanfani, supported Italy’s adhesion to the Statute, and the ratification of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status ICCROM on the Italian territory.

The document underlines the relevance for Italy to host the organization at that time, in 1958.

Fanfani’s speech is reproduced here in Italian and English.

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A New EU Alliance for Cultural Heritage

April 7, 2017

E-RIHS LogoOn 29 – 31 March, ICCROM participated in a series of planning meetings in Florence, Italy for the E-RIHS project for heritage science in collaboration with CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and a range of other institutional partners.

E-RIHS is a pan- European distributed research infrastructure, with laboratories and research units aggregated in national nodes and regional hubs, which offers knowledge expertise and use of state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative investigation methodologies and access to scientific data. The infrastructure is organized in four main platforms: a mobile infrastructure (Molab), including portable instrumentation for in – situ (on the spot) non-invasive and non-destructive analyses, a fixed infrastructure (Fixlab), consisting of large-scale instrumentation, such as synchrotrons or accelerators, archives of data (Archlab), containing valuable and unique information hosted in museums, galleries and research institutes, and Digilab, for providing direct access to scientific data and information stored in databases, digital libraries and knowledge repositories. Continue reading…


RE-ORG in Chile, 2018!

April 5, 2017

RE-ORG in Chile in 2018On 13 March, more than 200 Chilean heritage professionals attended a public lecture given by Gaël de Guichen on Los depósitos: lugar prioritario para animar los museos  (Storage – a priority location to enliven museums) at the Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración (CNCR) in Santiago, Chile. This event marked the launch of the Chilean national RE-ORG strategy, which will be fully implemented over 2017-2019. RE-ORG Chile is an initiative of Direction of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) and CNCR.

From 13-17 March, seven conservators from CNCR and three collection managers from DIBAM participated in the RE-ORG mentor training workshop.  They learned the essentials of the RE-ORG method, along with communication and team-building skills. The workshop took place at the Museo de la Educación Gabriela Mistral where 2247 objects from the collection (including paintings, busts, didactic instruments, equipment and school furniture from the 1900s) were reorganized in three storage areas. The practical emphasis of the RE-ORG method boosts team confidence and strengthens organizational skills. The next project phase includes selecting the museums to participate in the national workshop and preparing the workshop programme and the mentoring strategy. Continue reading…


ICCROM at the G7 Culture Meetings in Florence

April 3, 2017

ICCROM at the G7 Culture Meetings in FlorenceOn 30 March, Director-General Stefano De Caro addressed the G7 Culture meetings, held in the Sala Bianca of the Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, Italy. These were the first-ever such meetings, held on the initiative of Italy’s Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini.

The meetings saw high level delegations from the G7 industrialized nations and international organizations who met to exchange views on the importance of culture to foster stable societies and ensure diversity and dialogue. They also invoked the essential role of heritage protection in a world where culture is increasingly the target of attack, destruction and illicit profiteering by non-state parties.

The day began with a series of technical sessions featuring representatives of Member State institutions responsible for managing heritage along with the main international organizations. Three sessions discussed strengths, weaknesses and suggested practices in international legislation and regulations; heritage protection procedures in the fight against illicit traffic; and the role of cultural heritage in education modules and professional training. Continue reading…


SOIMA networks for world’s audiovisual heritage

March 15, 2017

SOIMA networks for world’s audiovisual heritageCall for International Collaboration to Build Capacity for Safeguarding World’s Audiovisual Heritage

ICCROM’s SOIMA (Sound and Image Collections Conservation) programme was invited to participate in the International Audiovisual Archival Training Summit, organized by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, France on 8 March 2017.  Aparna Tandon, ICCROM’s Project Manager for SOIMA, met with members of leading institutions in the audiovisual field to identify prospective partners for the SOIMA programme and to discover future collaborative capacity-building opportunities.

The audiovisual experts in attendance made plans to develop an overview of shared resources for audiovisual archives, define a set of common principles for cross-institutional collaboration, gather best practices for capacity building, and create a common scholarship fund for all institutions present. Continue reading…