Japanese survey of quake-damaged structures in Italy

November 28, 2016

Japanese surveyWith the goal of providing mutual support and collaboration on seismic damage of historic structures, the Architectural Institute of Japan has carried out a survey of buildings damaged in the 2016 Central Italy earthquakes.

This survey, which took place between the dates of 29 Sept and 3 October, involved experts in masonry structures and seismic evaluation from the Nagoya City University, Kinki University and private architectural firms and institutes. Together, these colleagues surveyed quake-damaged buildings in Norcia, Amatrice, L’Aquila, Macerata and other surrounding towns. Continue reading…

New Secondment from Japan: Eisuke Nishikawa

November 3, 2016

New Secondment from Japan: Eisuke NishikawaICCROM is pleased to welcome Mr Eisuke Nishikawa, on secondment for the next two years from the Government of Japan.

Mr Nishikawa holds a PhD in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. At the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, he is a specialist in seismic reinforcement of cultural buildings for the Architecture and Other Structures Division, Cultural Properties Department. Continue reading…

LATAM stone conservation course ends

November 2, 2016

LATAM stone conservation course ends

The LATAM stone conservation course took place in Mexico, from 10 to 22 October 2016. This two-week course focused on “Observation, documentation and diagnosis”, and combined a series of theoretical and practical sessions. The eleven participants, including archaeologists, architects, conservators and geologists, used the Maya archaeological site of Chicanná as a case study. Continue reading…

Textile and Costume Conservation in Antigua, Guatemala

CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asia, 24 Oct – 11 Nov 2016, begins in Antigua, Guatemala

CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and CostumesThe CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asia has gathered over 25 colleagues from leading heritage institutions all over the world to meet in La Antigua, Guatemala. The course has brought together professionals from distant geographical points, as far apart as the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and Argentina, Vietnam and Egypt, Indonesia and Greece, the Philippines and Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom, Brazil and Cambodia.

The course aim is to explore together with colleagues from Guatemala the commonalities and differences in the heritage we care for, and to increase awareness of the diversity of cultural and professional perspectives. Continue reading…

Visiting staff member from EPA: Osséni Soubérou

October 28, 2016

Osséni Soubérou

ICCROM is pleased to welcome Mr. Osséni Soubérou, Head of the Communication unit at the School for African Heritage (École du Patrimoine Africain -EPA), located in Porto Novo, Benin, as part of ICCROM’s cooperation with EPA and the University of Abomey-Calavi.

Mr. Osséni Soubérou will be present at ICCROM for a month as a visiting staff member, carrying out communications and fundraising activities to support EPA’s programmes while exchanging best practices with communications specialists at ICCROM. Continue reading…

Earthquakes in Central Italy

October 27, 2016

earthquake stock photoA pair of powerful earthquakes shook parts of Italy on Wednesday evening, just two months after a powerful earthquake in the country killed nearly 300 people.  The earthquakes, ranging from 5.4 to 6.1 on the Richter scale, were centred in the Marche region near the town of Visso.  The tremors were felt throughout Central Italy from Perugia to Naples, and also strongly in Rome, where buildings swayed.

The Wednesday shocks were followed by a 6.6 tremor on Sunday morning, centred near the town of Norcia. Continue reading…

Objects in museum storage in more danger than you think

October 25, 2016

A recommendation on collections in storage
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For over 80 years, museum professionals have been raising concerns about the conditions of their collections in storage. More than 55 000 museums exist in the world, and typically 90% of their objects are in storage rooms. This concern is becoming increasingly acute: collections inevitably grow, while financial resources continue to dwindle.  Given this situation, how can museums ensure that their treasures in storage are adequately looked after and accessible? Continue reading…

A Chronicle of the Unknown Beauty of Sudan’s Cultural Heritage

October 18, 2016

SAND IN MY EYES - ENIKÖ NAGY - PHOTOGRAPHY AND ORAL LITERATURE FROM SUDANThe photographer and writer Enikö Nagy, who has criss-crossed a remote region of Sudan in search of local images and spoken words, sees herself as a chronicler of the unique beauty of Sudan’s rich cultural heritage. “This is not a picture book in the conventional sense, nor a view of Sudan from the outside,” she says of her new volume Sand in My Eyes: Sudanese Moments. “This is a collection of typical Sudanese moments, an intimate look at a beautiful country that has a lot to say.  I hope that those who read my book feel they are there, and find elements of their own culture through Sudanese eyes.” Continue reading…

Lake Ohrid Communities to Inspire Heritage Practitioners in South-East Europe

October 6, 2016

People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Culture and Nature (PCA16) course opens in Tirana, Albania

PCA CourseAlbania’s Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 participants from seven southeast Europe countries who are meeting for the first time to discuss how communities are contributing to heritage – and how they can benefit from it. This marked the opening session of the second People-Centred Approaches course organized by ICCROM.

This short course is primarily aimed at heritage practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with stakeholder communities. Engaging communities in conservation and management processes is intended to strengthen their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making decisions for themselves and their heritage. Continue reading…