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…
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…
ICCROM 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…
On 8 November, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, as part of an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, paid a visit to the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. He was accompanied on this visit by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Continue reading…
On 20 October, sculptor Peter Rockwell presented to ICCROM the gypsum preparatory study he used to create the bronze portrait bust of ICCROM’s founding director Dr Harold J Plenderleith.
Dr Plenderleith, who had directed the British Museum’s museum laboratory from 1924, was tapped by UNESCO in 1959 to lead the newly founded Rome Centre, later known as ICCROM. Plenderleith guided the fledgling organization from a small core of five original Member States to 55 Member States by the end of his tenure in 1971. These early years saw ICCROM’s participation in many dramatic initiatives including the UNESCO campaigns to save the Nubian monuments, the Nefertari Tomb, Mohenjo Daro, Borobudur and other sites, and formed the basis of ICCROM’s activities and services today. Continue reading…
ICCROM is pleased to announce the addition of a new web resource to its website.
“Heritage Science” is a data-focused and knowledge-sharing resource dedicated to the cross disciplinary field of heritage science, with a particular orientation towards research that addresses conservation, care and management of cultural heritage. Continue reading…
Following the 29th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), delegates of Member States elected the new members to serve on ICCROM’s Council for the period 2015 – 2019. The members of ICCROM’s Council are elected from among the most qualified experts in the conservation-restoration field worldwide.
Abdulaziz ALMUSALLAM ALKHAALDI – (United Arab Emirates)
Yong-Jae CHUNG – (Republic of Korea)
Florencia GEAR – (Argentina)
Riadh HADJ SAID – (Tunisia)
Michaëla HANSSEN – (Netherlands)
Monther JAMHAWI – (Jordan)
Wataru KAWANOBE – (Japan)
Patricia KELL – (Canada)
Marie LAVANDIER – (France)
Anne NYHAMAR – (Norway)
Zoe REID – (Ireland)
Mohammad Hassan TALEBIAN – (Iran) Islamic Republic of
Also, during the 86th meeting of Council, the ICCROM Council elected its new Bureau:
Webber Ndoro was the recipient of the 2015 ICCROM Award, given in recognition of his important contribution to the field of conservation, protection and restoration of cultural heritage, and his lasting impact on the development of ICCROM.
Ndoro, Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of Africa, stating that “…the award is a result of a collective effort and therefore it is an award for Africa and all the women and men who have, over the years, have made efforts to ensure that Africa’s heritage is conserved not just for future generations but for current ones too.”
Britta Rudolff, award presenter and former Vice Chairperson of the ICCROM Council noted that through his teaching at the University of Zimbabwe, Ndoro has also had a strong influence “on a generation of young heritage professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.” From his first experience with ICCROM working on the AFRICA 2009 programme, to his current position as Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Joseph King, Director of the Sites Unit at ICCROM, acknowledged his “passion for the cultural heritage of Africa and a strong desire to share that passion with a worldwide audience.” Continue reading…
Climate change and risks to cultural heritage will be in focus as delegates from 134 Member States meet in Rome for ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly, 18-20 November 2015.
The three-day event will celebrate the recently-signed new Headquarters Agreement with the United Arab Emirates, welcome the Russian Federation amongst ICCROM’s Member States, and see the presentation of the prestigious ICCROM Award, in addition to a thematic session on climate change and its projected effects on heritage. Member State delegations, observers and invited guests will meet to debate on challenges faced by heritage worldwide, elect new representatives to the ICCROM Council and ratify ICCROM’s biennial Programme and Budget 2016-2017.
We will be offering live web streaming for much of the meeting. Please consult the General Assembly agenda and tune in (GMT +1).