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…


LATAM Newsletter January-March 2017 now out

April 14, 2017

image of Boletin Latam coverDownload: Boletín LATAM Enero – Marzo 2017 – Nº 8

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.

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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. Continue reading…


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.

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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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