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…


Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage

May 6, 2016

International Experts Gather in Tunis to Discuss Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage The Libyan Department of Antiquities in partnership with international experts, and the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), will meet in Tunis from 9-11 May.  Their common goal is to discuss and develop a comprehensive action plan which will include concrete steps, benchmarks, and mechanisms to engage the civil society in the protection of Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites threatened by conflict and plunder.  The meeting will also explore ways of fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society through projects designed to protect the country’s shared cultural assets.

Participants will include various Libyan stakeholders representing heritage sites, historic cities, and civil society representatives, along with US, Italian, French and UK diplomatic missions in Libya. The gathering will also include a number of international organizations such as Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) the World Bank and others. Continue reading…


Culture in Crisis Forum at Yale University

May 4, 2016

Culture in Crisis Forum at Yale University

Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General, participated in the eighth Global Colloquium of University Presidents, hosted by Yale University and President Peter Salovey on 12-13 April 2016.  He also took part in the Culture in Crisis satellite event convened on 11 April.

The Culture in Crisis event was led by Dr Stefan Simon, Director of Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) and former ICCROM Council Member. The event gathered stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss present-day dangers to cultural heritage, especially as regards the current dramatic situation in the Middle East and North Africa region, but also in sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide. Continue reading…


ICCROM and Nepal: from response to resilience

April 25, 2016

Nepal - reconstruction of damaged cultural heritage sites “Nepal’s resilience stems from its unique cultural heritage,” said Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, as he honoured the memory of victims on the anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake which devastated a large part of the country on 25 April 2015, one year ago.

One month after the earthquake, ICCROM formed an international alliance of partners including ICOMOS-ICORP, ICOM, Smithsonian Institution and Prince Claus Fund to assist the Department of Archaeology and UNESCO Kathmandu Office in assessing damage and enhancing its capacity for stabilizing over 600 cultural sites and collections.

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Awards for conservation projects in the Arab world

April 15, 2016

Press Release

Under the Patronage of H.H. Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-ATHAR presents awards for the best conservation projects in the Arab world and announces next year’s ICCROM-ATHAR Award.

Athar award

His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has inaugurated an exhibition highlighting the most prominent heritage conservation projects in the Arab world. The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR) hosted an opening ceremony in the presence and under the patronage of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, alongside an exhibition aiming to draw public attention to issues relevant to heritage conservation. This event comes at a time of escalating destruction to cultural properties due to ongoing crises.

The project exhibition is being held at the Heart of Sharjah as part of the Sharjah Heritage Days activities. Entitled “Best Conservation Practices in the Arab World,” this exhibition brings to the forefront conservation work accomplished in the fields of museums and urban heritage sites in the Arab region.  In the exhibition, selected photos and posters present the impact of conservation projects both socially and economically. Another exhibition entitled “Highlights from Cultural Heritage in the Arab World” showcases the collections granted to the Centre by its Arab Member States. These two exhibitions are held in partnership with Sharjah Heritage Institution.

ICCROM for its part has announced the launch of the annual ICCROM-ATHAR award for best conservation practices. This effort falls into the organization’s dedication to promote the field of cultural heritage conservation.

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New publication for Heritage Conservation Science

April 11, 2016

Front cover of ICCROM & IIC publication ICCROM Forum on Conservation Science

ICCROM is pleased to announce the publication of the position papers arising from the findings of the ICCROM Forum 2013 on Conservation Science. The Forum was a notable initiative of ICCROM and 15 other leading heritage institutions from around the world. This publication is produced in collaboration with IIC as a special supplementary issue of Studies in Conservation.

ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr. Stefano De Caro, has made the following comments on this occasion: “The position papers contained within this volume are reflections which build upon the vivid and diverse discussions of the ICCROM Forum 2013 on Conservation Science. The Forum has been a breakthrough in refocusing ICCROM’s mandate in this field and in strengthening our collaboration with major scientific and conservation institutions worldwide. The scope was ambitious, looking towards a reform of the heritage science field to meet the emerging needs of cultural heritage conservation and through them, societal needs, while at the same time promoting openness, and accountability.

ICCROM is pleased to join efforts with IIC to publish this special supplement to Studies in Conservation, which represents an important collaboration between our two organisations. The Forum was a venue for critical reflection engaging more than 80 heritage professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines, responsibilities and cultures within cultural heritage conservation. ICCROM is grateful to all those who participated in the development of this seminal event. We hope that the ideas and aspirations which evolved from those days and are captured in this publication will lead to lasting positive change within our field.”

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President of Council at Sharjah Events

April 8, 2016

Award ceremony for “Best Practices for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World, SharjahMarie Lavandier, President of Council, addressed His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday in order to thank him for support given to conservation of cultural heritage in the Arab region through the Sharjah-based ICCROM-ATHAR (Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region) Regional Conservation Centre.

Mme Lavandier’s speech took place at the award ceremony for “Best Practices for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World,” an annual ICCROM-ATHAR prize which coincides with the start of the Sharjah Heritage Days.  During the ceremony, 13 projects from 10 countries were honoured with prizes for excellence.

In her address, Mme Lavandier noted the five areas of action where ICCROM-ATHAR activity has produced favourable results: capacity building and education; dissemination of knowledge; policy development; specific restoration projects in the region; and public outreach to target audiences including schools.

She expressed profound gratitude to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his “vision, inspiration and commitment to a brighter future for the Arab culture.”

Also in attendance were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of the Centre, and Sophy Janowski, Chief Management Officer, ICCROM.

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News of RE-ORG Atlantic Canada

March 30, 2016

RE-ORG Group photo, Atlantic CanadaOver a twelve-month period, from October 2015 to October 2016, six museums and galleries from the Atlantic region of Canada have been working on a storage reorganization project to improve access to their collections as part of the Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) RE-ORG: Canada Program. These museums, which are using the new RE-ORG Museum’s Workbook (available soon), are all located in the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

From 1 – 4 March 2016, ten participants gathered at the Colchester Historeum in Truro, Nova Scotia for a three-day intensive hands-on workshop, followed by a one-day conference. This event was made possible thanks to invaluable collaboration with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM)  and with the financial support of the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. Continue reading…