Textile and Costume Conservation in Antigua, Guatemala

November 2, 2016

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…

Italy Earthquake’s Other Casualty – Cultural Heritage

September 9, 2016

Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquake

As rescue teams wind up their efforts to find survivors of a devastating 6.2 earthquake that shook central Italy last month with loss of 296 lives, another concern emerges – the fate of hundreds of historic buildings destroyed or damaged in the quake. Italy’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, reported at least 293 cultural heritage sites damaged in the seismic area.

The Carabinieri Corps for the Protection of Cultural Heritage has listed more than 50 historic sites seriously damaged or destroyed during the earthquake – mainly small village churches, icons of rural identity and centres of life in the villages and towns struck by the earthquake. Continue reading…

ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquake

September 8, 2016

ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquakeA violent 6.8 earthquake hit central Myanmar on 24 August 2016, killing at least four people and damaging the archaeological site of Bagan.  Once the capital city of the historical Pagan Kingdom, the site of Bagan contains more than 2500 Buddhist monuments built from the 10th to 14th centuries, including temples, stupas and monasteries.

The site of Bagan is actively used for religious and cultural purposes. The monuments are greatly venerated by the population, and large numbers of pilgrims visit the site from all over Myanmar, particularly at festival times. More than 300 temples contain highly significant mural paintings.   In addition, Bagan is a main focus for Myanmar’s growing tourist industry. Continue reading…

Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquake

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Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquake

A series of devastating earthquakes struck Central Italy on 24 August 2016, causing loss of 296 lives.   The initial 6.2 and 5.5 magnitude quakes, along with aftershocks as high as 4.5 magnitude, caused destruction and severe damage to the mountain villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and other historic towns in the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo. Quake-related damage has been reported throughout the region.

ICCROM has collaborated with CHIEF – Cultural Heritage International Emergency Force, and with CESMAR7 – Centro per lo Studio dei Materiali per il Restauro, to create the Centro Crisis Culturale Crowdmap. Continue reading…

World Heritage Leadership Project signed with IUCN

September 7, 2016

World Heritage Leadership Project signed with IUCN

ICCROM has signed a six-year partnership project – World Heritage Leadership – with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, United States.  Made possible with generous funding from Norway, the partnership project marks new steps to improve nature-culture conservation practice carried out through the World Heritage Convention, and aims to support the contribution of World Heritage sites to sustainable development.

World Heritage Leadership aims to build the skills of practitioners working through the World Heritage Convention.  It takes into account the totality of conservation practice, so that World Heritage can provide leadership to achieve innovation and excellence within the conservation sector. This focus beyond World Heritage marks a new approach to the long-standing partnership between ICCROM and IUCN, two advisory bodies on cultural and natural World Heritage respectively. Continue reading…