Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

September 1, 2016

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

The 2016 edition of the JPC-Japanese Paper Conservation course was inaugurated in Tokyo on 29 August.  This highly specialised three-week event will be held from 29 August – 16 September 2016.

The course has been organised once a year since 1992, in collaboration between the Japanese heritage authorities at National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM.  This year’s edition brings together ten professionals from around the world.  For the first time, colleagues from Bhutan, Croatia and Iceland are joining the course. Continue reading…


Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICA

August 4, 2016

Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICAOn 12 July 2016 in Istanbul, a framework agreement was signed between ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, and IRCICA (Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture).

The agreement was signed by ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, and IRCICA’s Director-General, Dr Halit Eren.  Also present at the signing were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, and Dr Amir Pasic, Director of Architecture Department, IRCICA. Continue reading…


Sculpture Exhibit – Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Japan

July 27, 2016

Visit coincides with first-time exhibit in Italy, “Masterworks of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture”

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Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General, has received the visit of Mr Ryohei Miyata, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sport, Science and Culture. The aim of their meeting is to strengthen the longstanding collaboration and partnership between Japan and ICCROM. Japan has been a Member State of ICCROM since 1967 and is the second largest contributor to the organization.

On the occasion of the meeting, Dr De Caro said, “It is a pleasure to reaffirm the collaboration with our Japanese colleagues at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. The relationship with Japan is vital for ICCROM, as it enables and supports a wide range of activities, both internationally and regionally. The upcoming International courses and workshops on Conservation of Japanese Paper (JPC) and on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation, and the Regional Course on Archaeological Sites and Remains, all to be held in Japan this September, are just a few examples of the strong support ICCROM receives from Member State Japan.”

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Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 20, 2016

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

The economic losses from disasters are now reaching an average of US$250 to US$300 billion each year, according to the Global Assessment Report of 2015 – a resource for analyzing and understanding disaster risk globally, today and in the future. Conflicts are equally devastating – in 2014, 42 500 people were displaced by violence and con­flict every day. (Refer to the  report of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Gap) Continue reading…


Course – World Heritage Monitoring at Summer Palace, China

July 6, 2016

World Heritage Monitoring at Summer Palace, ChinaThe Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China opened on 21 June 2016 at the Summer Palace World Heritage Site, Beijing, China. The course is organized by ICCROM together with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH) at the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH).  The course goal is to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China and abroad.

This course is a follow up to the successful course on “Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented by ICCROM in 2011 at the invitation of SACH. Continue reading…


ICCROM and Africa

June 15, 2016

ICCROM and Africa -  Arusha, TanzaniaICCROM has participated in a series of conferences and seminars on African heritage over the months of May and June 2016. These events, which took place in Tanzania and South Africa, have served as an occasion for ICCROM to reflect on its longstanding engagement in Africa, to strengthen links to its network of African professionals, and to renew its strategic commitment to the region, a commitment which builds on past successes such as the PREMA and AFRICA 2009 programmes.

In Arusha, Tanzania from 31 May – 4 June 2016, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized a conference entitled “World Heritage: Driver of Sustainable Development” in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania on the conservation and sustainable development of World Heritage in Africa. The event was opened on 31 May by the Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania. Continue reading…


Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations, at risk

June 1, 2016

Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations at riskSuakin, a city in north-eastern Sudan, is a site of outstanding historical significance and a crucial Red Sea port since Egyptian times.  The city is situated on the pilgrimage routes of both Muslims and Christians: it was a main transhipment point for the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and also connected Africa to Jerusalem for Christian communities who wanted to visit the Holy Sepulchre. Continue reading…


CollAsia Exhibition 2016

May 20, 2016

Muzium Padi Kedah, Malaysia

COLLASIA EXHIBITION 2016In conjunction with the International Museum Day 2016 celebrations, a CollAsia exhibition booth was set up at the Muzium Padi in Kedah, Malaysia.

Organized by CollAsia alumni in Malaysia in collaboration with the Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM), the exhibition aims at spreading the core messages of the CollAsia programme, while engaging Malaysian heritage professionals in this regional and international collaboration.

Thirty three museums and other heritage organizations from Malaysia and beyond participated in the Museum Day 2016 event.  Each booth represented in a unique way the different institutional approaches to this year’s theme of “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Represented among the participants were the Sarawak State Museum, which hosted the last CollAsia workshop on “Packing, Handling and Moving Collections” in 2015, and the Thaksin University of Thailand. Continue reading…


Seminar: Cultural Heritage and Development Initiatives

May 19, 2016

A Challenge or a contribution to sustainability

Cultural Heritage and Development InitiativesFrom 25 to 27 May, an international seminar entitled “Cultural Heritage and Development Initiatives: a challenge or a contribution to sustainability?” was held at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.  The seminar focuses on the relationship between archaeology, landscape protection and development initiatives.  It is organized by UNESCO together with the World Bank and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, spoke at the seminar, and also moderated a panel entitled “Cultural Heritage as a vector for sustainable development.” The seminar featured a range of speakers and international experts who discussed ways to balance modernization efforts with the preservation of cultural values. Continue reading…


Libyan and international experts increase efforts to protect Libyan cultural heritage

May 12, 2016

Martin Kobler closes the International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage

Practical actions to engage civil society, municipalities, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit traffic.

Libya_results1The International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage ended today in Tunis.

The three-day workshop sought to identify practical actions to engage civil society, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit trafficking through projects designed to safeguard the country’s shared cultural assets.

The meeting was organized by the Libyan Department of Antiquities, the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with the support of the United States Embassy to Libya in Tunis. Continue reading…