Fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded in Beijing

January 10, 2017

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…

EPA (School of African Heritage) in a Repositioning Effort

December 6, 2016

EPA (School of African Heritage) in a Repositioning EffortThe School of African Heritage (École du patrimoine africain – EPA), ICCROM’s partner for cultural heritage conservation in Africa, has embarked on a strategic repositioning project in a bid to respond better to the continent’s conservation challenges.   The repositioning effort was ushered in last week at a meeting of EPA’s Governing Board, hosted by the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), a leading Beninese and African university and one of EPA’s founding institutions.  The gathering was led by UAC’s Chancellor, Professor Brice Sinsin, and Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General and Vice-President of the EPA Governing Board. Continue reading…

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…