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…


Agreement signed between ICCROM and SUPSI

March 13, 2017

A recommendation on collections in storage

On 31 January 2017, ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, signed an agreement with the Swiss university programme SUPSI (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, or University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland). Signing the agreement on behalf of SUPSI were its Chairman of the Board, Alberto Petruzzella, and the Director of SUPSI, Franco Gervasoni.

The agreement has the specific goal of forging a partnership between ICCROM and SUPSI, aimed at making use of each other’s expertise and facilities for conducting educational activities and research, not only in the field of conservation and restoration, but also for preventive conservation and techniques for managing museum collections. Continue reading…


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

Press release

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…