Prioritizing Preservation using the Risk Management Approach

March 22, 2017

A Guide to Risk Management of Cultural Heritage Two new online publications by ICCROM and CCI

In today’s world, cultural heritage institutions must strive to be accountable, transparent and participatory, spending resources effectively while balancing needs of the community with those of the future.

A risk management approach will enable your organization to identify and manage risks to cultural assets, so you can make smarter decisions about their preservation, access and use.

By investigating risk management in other fields such as health and finance, and thanks to over a decade of international training and case studies, ICCROM and CCI have developed and refined an innovative methodology now available for free download in two complementary publications:

The ABC Method – A risk management approach to the preservation of cultural heritage

This manual offers a comprehensive understanding of risk management applied to the preservation of heritage assets, whether collections, buildings or sites. It provides a step-by-step procedure and a variety of tools to guide the heritage professional in applying the ABC method to their own context. The method can be applied to a range of situations, from analysis of a single risk to a comprehensive risk assessment of the entire heritage asset.

A Guide to Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

This guide is an abridged version of The ABC Method. It explains the ABC Method using many images, basic examples and simple exercises. It has been designed to introduce the risk-based approach to decision makers and to promote its use by heritage professionals and a younger generation of conservators.

Risks occur in many forms, ranging from the rare and catastrophic to daily and easily observable threats. Adopting a risk management approach will help you to find the priorities for preventive conservation by enabling you to

  • establish a comprehensive view of all risks
  • identify priorities among different risks or to choose cost effective options to address them
  • build reliable documentation for future review and monitoring
  • foster reflection on the values of cultural heritage and how they will be affected
  • encourage teamwork and participation, incorporating scientific knowledge with institutional memory and the knowledge of those who care for the heritage at stake
  • communicate effectively with decision makers

Dive into the comprehensive manual available also in French, or start with the introductory guide in either English or Arabic!

For questions and further assistance, write us at collections@iccrom.org.


Palmyra sculptures restored in Italy now returned to Syria

March 6, 2017

Palmyra busts restored in Italy now returned to SyriaTwo damaged sculptural busts from Palmyra, dating to the 2nd or 3rd century AD, were sent home from Rome to Syria on Monday 27 February. After being treated in Italy, the busts were returned to the National Museum of Damascus, accompanied by two representatives of the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).

New technologies, including laser scans and 3D printing, played a key role in the reconstruction of these sculptures.

ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, commented: “This restoration and partial reconstruction of ancient objects is a striking case – it made use of fills in modern materials, while ensuring these were reversible. Even if on a small scale, this is an innovative example of how to address severely damaged antiquities.”

The busts, called the “war-wounded of Palmyra” by former Rome mayor Francesco Rutelli, had been badly smashed with hammers by insurgents. Rutelli arranged for the busts’ arrival in Italy and their subsequent restoration through his association entitled Incontro di Civiltà (Encounter of Civilizations), negotiating the objects’ transfer through contacts with the Syrian DGAM and members of the opposition. The two busts were featured in a UNESCO-sponsored exhibit called “Rising from Destruction” curated by Rutelli and held at the Colosseum in Rome through 16 December 2016. Continue reading…


LATAM Newsletter Octubre-Diciembre 2016 now out

February 2, 2017

Boletín LATAM Octubre-Diciembre 2016 - Nº 7Download: Boletín LATAM Octubre-Diciembre 2016 – Nº 7

The aim of the LATAM Newsletter is to give the opportunity to conservation professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean to share their research and professional experiences throughout the region using the LATAM network.

Would you like to contribute to the next Newsletter? Contact us below.

El objetivo de LATAM Newsletter es ofrecer una plataforma a los profesionales de América Latina y el Caribe para compartir sus investigaciones y experiencias profesionales en la región, a través de la red de LATAM.

Continue reading…


Antonio Almagro wins Spanish conservation prize

November 29, 2016

Antonio Almagro wins Spanish conservation prizeOn 25 November Antonio Almagro Gorbea, ICCROM Council Member from Spain from 1975-1976 and from 1979-1989, received the National Cultural Heritage Conservation and Restoration Prize for 2016.  This prize is entitled in Spanish “Premio Nacional de Restauración y Conservación de Bienes Culturales” and is given on a yearly basis.  Last year’s prize recipient was Nieves Valentín, current ICCROM Council Member from Spain since 2013. Continue reading…


LATAM Newsletter julio-septiembre 2016 now out

October 17, 2016

LATAM Newsletter julio-septiembre 2016 now outDownload: Boletín LATAM julio-septiembre 2016

The aim of the LATAM Newsletter is to give the opportunity to conservation professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean to share their research and professional experiences throughout the region using the LATAM network.

Would you like to contribute to the next Newsletter? Contact us below.

El objetivo de LATAM Newsletter es ofrecer una plataforma a los profesionales de América Latina y el Caribe para compartir sus investigaciones y experiencias profesionales en la región, a través de la red de LATAM.

Continue reading…


Earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar

August 25, 2016

Following the earthquakes that struck the ancient mountain towns and villages of Lazio, Umbria and Marche in Central Italy and the historic site of Bagan in Myanmar on 24 August, the Director-General and staff of ICCROM wish to extend their condolences to the governments and people of these countries.

ICCROM is deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage to these historic areas. It wishes to express its solidarity to the communities affected, to those engaged in first aid and civil protection activities, and to those responsible for cultural heritage in these regions.


LATAM Newsletter abril-junio 2016 now out

July 14, 2016

LATAM Newsletter, April -June 2016Download: Boletín LATAM abril-junio 2016

The aim of the LATAM Newsletter is to give the opportunity to conservation professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean to share their research and professional experiences throughout the region using the LATAM network.

Would you like to contribute to the next Newsletter? Contact us below.

El objetivo de LATAM Newsletter es ofrecer una plataforma a los profesionales de América Latina y el Caribe para compartir sus investigaciones y experiencias profesionales en la región, a través de la red de LATAM.

Continue reading…


ICCROM‘s Council President Appointed to a Prestigious Museum Post in France

June 13, 2016

Marie Lavandier - ICCROM ‘s Council President Appointed to a Prestigious Museum Post in FranceThe President of the Council of ICCROM, Marie Lavandier, has been named Director of Louvre-Lens – the northern branch of France’s renowned cultural institution. Ms Lavandier, an art historian and conservation specialist, currently heads the Museum of Nice in southern France.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Mrs Lavandier on her appointment to this new prestigious role.  It is a sign of recognition for her professional excellence as well as her devotion to conservation issues, which she has also demonstrated at ICCROM,” said Stefano de Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General.

Mrs Lavandier’s distinguished career includes a number of senior positions in France’s cultural sector. She has published extensively on cultural and conservation issues.  Mrs Lavandier replaces Xavier Dectot at the helm of the Louvre-Lens, becoming the second Director of the Museum since its establishment in 2012 .

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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…


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.”

ICCROM Forum on Conservation Science – Position papers 2015

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