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.

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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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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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LATAM Newsletter January – March 2016 now out

March 30, 2016

LATAM-logoDownload: Boletín LATAM enero-marzo 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.

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Saving Memory, Mantua Archaeological Museum

March 10, 2016

Mostar bridge destroyedThe ICCROM Archive has contributed to a fascinating exhibition being presented on three floors of the Archaeological Museum of Mantua, one made up of original images, documents, movies, and testimonials.

This exhibition, entitled “Saving Memory” (Salvare la Memoria), is an initiative of the State Museums of Lombardy, in collaboration with the city of Mantua, the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR), the Carabinieri Art Squad, the University of Milan, IULM University, the Ducal Palace and Diocese of Mantua, the Monuments Men Foundation, and ICCROM.

The aim of the exhibition is to share powerful and meaningful images of heritage that should a point of pride – yet that is so often damaged by wars such as the one in Syria, as well as from earthquakes, floods and all those sudden events that impose the ravages of time with such ferocity. How can we forget the 1966 Florence flood, and the army of so-called “Mud Angels”, those volunteers who heeded the call to safeguard the city’s heritage? Or destruction brought about by humans, which has proven to be just as destructive as damage from natural causes?  Then there is the destruction inherited from the wars of the past. Continue reading…


LATAM Newsletter October – December 2015 now out

December 18, 2015

LATAM-logoDownload: Boletín LATAM octubre-diciembre 2015

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.

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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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Climate Change: heritage has a role to play

December 10, 2015

Considerations from ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly

Climate Change banner displayed at 29th General AssemblyNations of the world have been in Paris debating ways in which to tackle climate change and its impact, and how to commit to shared strategies and joint action. This challenge requires global vision and cooperation, and all sectors have a part to play. In this regard, heritage has an important contribution to make as a driver for sustainable societies and human development. ICCROM urges the cultural heritage sector in its Member States to engage actively in this effort.

At the ICCROM 29th General Assembly, a thematic discussion on “Climate Change, natural disasters and cultural heritage: Culture cannot wait!” highlighted the need to integrate cultural heritage in the global risk agenda as a vital resource for building back resilient communities. Keynote speaker Jerry Velasquez of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) outlined progress towards this end through the Sendai Framework. However, as threats due to extreme weather events increase, a key issue is the lack of data to estimate the extent and value of heritage losses.

Other contributions from invited speakers also showed how working closely with communities and grassroots initiatives can raise awareness with younger generations. For example, in the Philippines, climate change and disaster risk reduction are included in secondary school curricula. Continue reading…


Gaël de Guichen receives award from the King of Spain

December 4, 2015

Gaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROMGaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM, received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from His Majesty the King of Spain on 2 December at a ceremony in Seville, Spain.

This annual award recognizes individuals for their outstanding service in developing and disseminating art and culture or for the conservation of national heritage. Continue reading…


ICCROM celebrates World Audiovisual Day

October 27, 2015

A 10-year vision for protecting sound and image heritage

Last September in Brussels, over 200 delegates from around the world attended the 1st international “Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage”, to jointly define a 10-year vision for audiovisual archives. To celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the SOIMA community invites colleagues from the audiovisual archive field to provide feedback on our vision and how to reach it.

ICCROM’s SOIMA programme is aimed at building capacity for preservation of – and access to – sound and image collections held by museums, archives, libraries and a variety of other cultural institutions. The programme came as a response to UNESCO’s 2005 call to safeguard the world’s endangered audiovisual heritage.

In addition to training, SOIMA activities include the creation of instructional and reference materials, and promoting knowledge exchange through meetings and symposia. Thanks to six international courses, ICCROM has been successful in building a community of 100 professionals spread over 56 countries.

The programme has created a pool of international trainers who are now being engaged to lead SOIMA training activities in different languages.

The 10-years vision outlined by those who attended the September conference envisages a world where digital sounds and images will be fully integrated into peoples’ lives.

As a result, collecting institutions will have to manage large quantity of assets in a dynamic and multifaceted context. The professionals who will be managing such content will need to liaise with a variety of stakeholders from dfferent sectors ranging from education and research, creative industries (publishing, broadcasting and games), tourism, journalism and many others.

Illustration of SOIMA's 10 year vision

Parallel to the the SOIMA programme, ICCROM is working to preserve and digitize its own unique audiovisual collection. Embedded within this content is the story of ICCROM’s evolution and that of field of the conservation of cultural heritage.

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