Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservators Now Available in German

October 26, 2015

Papier und WasserPaper and Water: A Guide for Conservators, the handbook published by Gerhard Banik and Irene Brückle in 2011, after a decade of close cooperation with ICCROM, has been re-published under the title Papier und Wasser – Ein Lehrbuch für Restauratoren, Konservierungswissenschaftler und Papiermacher. The handbook, which was honoured with an Institute for Conservation award in 2013, has also been made available on the publisher’s (Anton Siegl) website.

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World Heritage Centre appoints new Director

October 1, 2015

Dr Mechtild RösslerICCROM wishes to congratulate Dr Mechtild Rössler on her appointment as the new Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Dr Rössler, an expert in both cultural and natural heritage, has a degree in Cultural Geography from Freiburg University (Germany) and was awarded a Ph.D. from the Faculty for Earth Sciences, University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1988. She has been working at the World Heritage Centre since its creation in 1992. ICCROM has enjoyed a close collaboration with her for many years through its role as an Advisory Body to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, and has been privileged to have her lecture on past courses, such as Conservation of Built Heritage and Integrated Territorial and Urban Conservation (ITUC).

As an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Convention and close partner on World Heritage activities, ICCROM looks forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with the Centre under the directorship of Dr Rössler.

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Protecting Cultural Heritage – An Imperative for Humanity

Temple of BelOn 27 September 2015, the initiative “Protecting Cultural Heritage – An Imperative for Humanity” was presented to the UN by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan, with the support of UNESCO, INTERPOL, UNODC, and various other Member State ministers. Open to all Member States, international organizations and partners wishing to join, this initiative will act on previous UN resolutions and decisions with the aim to unite international efforts and resources in order to the curb criminal actions of terrorists and traffickers and protect cultural heritage for future generations.

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ICCROM Council Member wins prestigious conservation award

September 30, 2015

Nieves ValentinNieves Valentin, an ICCROM council member since 2013, has been awarded the Spanish National Prize for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage 2015, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

The jury stressed her significant contribution to the management of cultural heritage through innovative protocols in the field of preventive conservation and pest control, as well as for her innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions. Nieves Valentin developed a non-toxic treatment for controlling deterioration in museum and document collections, which has since been adopted by many institutions around the globe.

Nieves, who holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, was responsible for creating the first Spanish Laboratory on Biodeterioration Analysis in addition to the Microfilming bibliographic heritage laboratory. She has worked in both national and international research organizations on the conservation of organic collections and in the development of non-toxic methods for people, historic objects and the environment. Currently, she is involved in research projects related to air quality control and the use of natural plant extracts for biodeterioration control as a contribution to green museums.

She also teaches graduate level courses in several universities and institutions in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

ICCROM wishes to congratulate her for this prestigious award.

LATAM Newsletter July – September 2015 now out

September 23, 2015


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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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Olympia Resolution 2015

September 18, 2015

Palaestra, Olympia, GreeceFrom 1 to 7 September, an international symposium entitled “The need of a constructive dialogue between peoples and cultures and the Olympic idea” was held at the site of Ancient Olympia, Greece.  The conference was given under the auspices of the International Olympic Academy and was organized by Dr Spyros Mercouris, President of HORIZONS – Human & Cultural Activities, together with a range of international partners.

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World Heritage Capacity Building Newsletter No.5

July 28, 2015

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ICCROM and IUCN are pleased to present the latest newsletter related to the World Heritage Capacity Building Programme.  The newsletter contains articles from our partners related to sustainable development and sustainable tourism, as well as the implementation of a number of capacity building activities.  We hope you enjoy it and feel free to pass on to other interested parties.

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“Mosaics” series now available online for free download

July 24, 2015

Snapshot of a mosaic in TunisiaThe ICCM conference proceedings are a unique set of publications that allow study, among other topics, of the evolution of ideas and techniques for the conservation and restoration of ancient mosaics.

In December 2014 ICCROM announced that Mosaics 1, 2 and 3 were available for free download.

Now we are pleased to be making available the Rome, Périgueux, Aquileia, Soria, Palencia, Conimbriga, Nicosia and Thessaloniki conference proceedings. We thank the organizers for sharing the authorizations with us. Continue reading…