ICCROM 30th General Assembly

November 17, 2017

General Assembly 2017PRESS RELEASE

Rome, Italy – The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), held from 29 November – 1 December in Rome, will provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s 135 Member States will meet at this three-day event to discuss and endorse the Rome-based agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and elect its governing Council. The General Assembly will also ratify the nomination of its next Director-General, nominated by the executive Council for a six-year period of leadership.

ICCROM’s current Director-General, Stefano De Caro, thanked the Member States for their participation and continuing support of ICCROM’s programmes to build capacities within the professional community for safeguarding irreplaceable heritage.  He highlighted ICCROM’s willingness to put its expertise at the service of post-war heritage recovery and reconstruction in crisis zones around the world, leveraging heritage for the benefit of communities, particularly in Libya, Syria and Yemen, once conditions on the ground become safe enough to do so. Continue reading…

UNESCO and ICCROM Join Forces to Protect Cultural Heritage

October 16, 2017

UNESCO and ICCROM Join ForcesThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) signed a landmark agreement on Friday 13 October in a new effort to address mounting threats to cultural properties worldwide.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, the two agencies agreed to intensify efforts to implement the 1972 World Heritage Convention. They will also boost cooperation in addressing a number of specific challenges, including destruction of cultural property in armed conflict, disaster risk management, illicit trafficking in heritage objects and new risks to intangible cultural heritage. Continue reading…

Peter Rockwell Donation

October 11, 2017

Peter Rockwell DonationIn September 2017, Mr Peter Rockwell, noted sculptor and specialist in historic stone carving techniques, made a significant donation of books and photographic documentation to the ICCROM Library and Archive. These materials were gifted on the occasion of Rockwell’s return to the United States after over five decades of residence in Rome. They are intended by Rockwell to support the research of ICCROM’s community of conservation scholars and professionals.

The book donation consists of approximately five linear meters of publications in English, Italian, and German that constitute a useful reference collection on stone working techniques, documentation of stone work, particularly in Europe and South Asia (Pakistan and India), as well as art history reference works. These books will be publicly available for researchers in the Library. Continue reading…

ICCROM Joins UNESCO in Lauding Syria Top Antiquities Official

October 6, 2017

Palmyra, Temple of Bel © DRICCROM’s Director-General Dr Stefano De Caro joined Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO in praising Dr Maamoun Abdulkarim of Syria, for his tireless efforts to safeguard the country’s cultural assets during these years of war. Dr Abdulkarim’s five-year term as Syria’s Director-General for Museums and Antiquities coincided with a devastating conflict which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, and has greatly imperiled Syria’s rich cultural heritage.

“During his immensely difficult tenure, Dr Abdulkarim managed to do the impossible by working tirelessly to protect Syria’s World Heritage Sites and the artefacts exhibited in the country’s museums,” said De Caro. “Syria was lucky to have a man of his stature during such a challenging time, and I personally am honoured to have been able to work with him through these years,” he added. Continue reading…

Earthquake in Mexico

September 20, 2017

Earthquake in MexicoIn the wake of the severe 7.1 earthquake that struck Central Mexico in the afternoon of 19 September bringing terrible loss of life, ICCROM stands with the people of that nation and with all our colleagues in the professional community responsible for protecting heritage, the memory of the people and the foundation of its future. Continue reading…

ICCROM – ATHAR Award: call for applications

August 23, 2017

ICCROM – ATHAR Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Arab Region

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR) invites applications for the Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Arab Region, 2017. This Biennial Award seeks to honour and reward outstanding work that contributes to the protection and vitality of tangible cultural heritage in the Arab world.

The Award reflects ICCROM-ATHAR’s commitment to:

  • help safeguard the cultural heritage of the Arab region;
  • promote international ethics in the practice of tangible heritage conservation;
  • facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience across borders;
  • enhance public awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage;
  • encourage excellence through example.

The Award is organized in two stages. The first stage is an open competition resulting in nominations for exemplary projects. Between eight and 15 nominated projects will be selected that reflect the quality and variety of the applications. The nominated projects will then be put forward for the second stage. Representatives of the nominated projects will be invited to present to an independent panel of internationally renowned experts who will select the winner. The nominated projects will be exhibited at the Award event and published by ICCROM. Continue reading…

Request For Proposal: Mora Sample Collection

June 28, 2017

Heritage Science: Mora Sample Collection

Deadline extended to 16 August!

ICCROM holds a valuable collection of material samples donated by Paolo and Laura Mora, internationally renowned conservators involved in the coordination of ICCROM’s Mural Painting Conservation course along with numerous technical missions and campaigns.

ICCROM is initiating a project to rearrange, describe / catalogue and properly rehouse the collection. The main aims of the project are to have an overall knowledge and control over the material samples, to guarantee their safety and security, and to make samples accessible and useful to a wide community of researchers via a digital catalogue on ICCROM’s website.

ICCROM invites interested professionals (scientists/conservators/archivists) with experience in this type of work to prepare a proposal for the reorganization and description of the Mora sample collection. You may find the Request for Proposal here. The deadline has been extended to 16 August 2017.

In 1959 ICCROM was founded as a Centre for promoting diverse approaches to the conservation in the heritage field, including the mural painting sector. Two leaders in this area, Paolo and Laura Mora, collected samples all over the world during almost 20 years of activity, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Their goal was to study and research the different mural painting techniques used by different cultures in their artistic expression. These two conservators thereby generated a valuable and already historic scientific collection composed of material samples.

The Mora sample collection is composed of around 1,400 material samples (fragments of mural paintings, plaster, stone, ceramics, etc; cross as well as thin sections). Continue reading…

Course report – Linking Nature and Culture, Røros Mining Town

June 22, 2017

Course report – Linking Nature and Culture, Røros Mining Town

The International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management took place at Røros Mining Town and the Circumference World Heritage Site in Norway from 6 to 16 June 2017.

This ground-breaking course is a key component of the new World Heritage Leadership programme developed by ICCROM, IUCN and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.  It is implemented in collaboration with ICOMOS and  UNESCO World Heritage Centre, with additional financial contributions from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

The World Heritage Leadership Programme (WHLP) is aimed at fostering good conservation and management practice in the field as a catalyst to broader knowledge creation, new learning resources and improvements in international heritage policy. Continue reading…

Giovanni Carbonara – Winner of the 2017 ICCROM Award

March 15, 2017

Giovanni Carbonara – Winner of the 2017 ICCROM AwardICCROM has the pleasure to announce the winner of the 2017 ICCROM Award, Prof Giovanni Carbonara, emeritus Director (1995 – 2013) of the Post-Graduate School for the Study and Restoration of Monuments at La Sapienza University of Rome.  Formal endorsement of the Award will take place on the occasion of ICCROM’s 30th General Assembly (29 November – 1 December 2017).

Giovanni Carbonara has been engaged with ICCROM for nearly 50 years, from the time of his involvement as course participant on the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) in 1968.  He has collaborated on teaching and training activities as well as contributing to conferences and publications. As full professor at La Sapienza since 1980, he has taken part in intensive academic and cultural exchanges. His work with ICCROM, which formed part of the educational programs, consisted of organizational activities and collaboration on the restoration courses at ICCROM, related to the subjects included in the curriculum of the Post Graduate School for the Study and Restoration of Monuments. Continue reading…