Japanese Paper Course Closes

September 20, 2017

International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper, 28 August to 15 September 2017

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Japanese Paper Course ClosesThe 2017 edition of the JPC-Japanese Paper Conservation course closed in Tokyo on 15 September. This highly specialized three-week event was held from 28 August to 15 September 2017.

The course aims to offer a holistic knowledge and experience of Japanese paper and Japanese traditional conservation approaches and techniques to ten conservation professionals coming from a range of Member States.

A mix of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions presented an insight into the techniques of the Japanese paper-mounting tradition, along with materials such as Japanese paper, adhesives including wheat starch paste, and the principles guiding the care of such collections in Japan. The practical sessions were conducted by instructors from a certified group holding the Selected Conservation Techniques on “Restoration Techniques of Mounting.” Continue reading…

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites in China

August 30, 2017

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites in China

Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China, 14-25 August 2017

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites in ChinaThe cultural landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in China was the site of the just-completed Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China.  Nineteen participants from ten countries attended the ten-day course to learn about current thinking, trends and approaches to management of cultural World Heritage properties, focusing particularly on monitoring.

The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, located in Yunnan, China, are the home of the Hani ethnic group who have maintained this historic agricultural landscape over many centuries. The course constituted an intensive programme combining both theory and practice, through lectures, case studies and highly interactive practical exercises centring on the management of this important cultural landscape. Continue reading…

ICCROM at the inauguration ceremony of Iran’s President

August 18, 2017

ICCROM at the inauguration ceremony of Iran’s PresidentOn 5 August, the Director-General of ICCROM, Dr Stefano De Caro, had the honour to attend the inauguration ceremony of Hassan Rouhani for his second term as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. De Caro’s attendance came at the invitation of the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, through its Embassy in Rome.

“Iran presents an impressive wealth of cultural heritage in terms of magnificent mosques and monuments, historic cities, archaeological sites and a rich and varied culture. I am well aware of the remarkable efforts Iran makes to preserve and share its heritage,” said De Caro on the event. “I congratulate President Rouhani on his re-election and his commitment to openness and international dialogue.” Continue reading…

ICCROM hosts bilateral Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminar

June 21, 2017

Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminarOn the occasion of the visit to Rome of Prime Minister of the Yangon Region, Mr U Phyo Min Thein, and following the request of the ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME Association, ICCROM hosted a seminar on 21 June on “Integrated Conservation of Urban Heritage and Inclusive and Intelligent Cities: possible synergies between Italy and Myanmar, the Yangon Laboratory.”

The Yangon Region, former capital of Myanmar, is at the center of a rapid urbanization process causing serious problems of real estate speculation. In the next 10 years the city is expected to reach a population of over 11 million people. This is a very serious threat to the city’s important architectural heritage dating back to the period of British colonization. It is the intention of the Burmese authorities to launch a policy for museums and optimal use of cultural sites that will support the development of tourism. Local and national institutions must address a series of important political, social and financial challenges to launch a strategic plan for change management that combines urban planning, development and conservation, while avoiding the pitfalls and heavy-handed errors of other countries in the Asian region. Continue reading…

RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos Museum

May 30, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos MuseumOne day after an impressive celebration of the International Museum Day, Nigerian professionals from ten national and two university museums convened in Jos to participate in a two-week  RE-ORG workshop at the Jos Museum. This activity is the core element of the RE-ORG Nigeria programme, a joint initiative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the Ahmadu Bello University and ICCROM, generously funded by the Ambassador’s Funds for Cultural Preservation. Continue reading…

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…