The Library has recently carried out a series of innovations that provide a much wider range of research resources in heritage conservation. Some resources are accessible to our Rome-based Library visitors, while others are available to all our virtual users, no matter where they are in the world.
We have just upgraded to a new version of the Library Catalogue, which features an attractive new design and a New Acquisitions link. In addition to providing a search screen for the ICCROM Library holdings, the catalogue interface links to online resources, both conservation-related and of general interest to the field, that give access to hundreds of thousands of online documents.
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
Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.
The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.
The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. Continue reading…
Third Annual Forum on the Applicability and Adaptability of Traditional Knowledge Systems in Conservation and Management of Heritage in Asia
Traditional knowledge and its applicability to cultural heritage preservation is increasingly gaining recognition in light of global discourse on sustainable development, climate change, disasters and resilience. In reflection of this worldwide shift, the World Heritage Committee has included the use of traditional knowledge systems for site management within its Operational Guidelines. The natural heritage sector is also very engaged in related activities, and in Africa, institutions have already begun compiling information from various areas of the continent.
Asia is rich in time-tested practices, and the inclusion of these systems into discussions about heritage is timely. Traditional management systems have the power to make a significant impact on the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the region. For example, ancient practices can help curb carbon emissions when maintaining a heritage place, and the continuation or revival of traditional crafts not only ensures that knowledge is passed down through generations, but that artisans can make a stable living. Continue reading…
All around the world, collections in storage are at risk. RE-ORG International is an initiative to assist small museums, libraries and archives reorganize their collections in storage for better access and long-term conservation. Without proper storage, we stand to lose significant vestiges of our memory, identity and our past. RE-ORG encourages the reuse and re-purposing of existing equipment and space. Ideas are out there; sometimes all you need is a little inspiration.
If you work with collections show us your tips and tricks!
Storing collections is not a simple task, and you know first-hand the challenge of having to strike a balance between conservation, institutional and financial concerns. Storage solutions must adapt to the needs of the object but at the same time optimize space usage and costs. Continue reading…
Locked in obsolete formats and threatened by degradation and decay, nearly every sound and image collection faces the imminent threat of extinction. As a result, the world stands to lose a wealth of knowledge and information – a wealth that binds communities together and is crucial for conserving our natural and cultural diversity.
Is it possible to prevent this loss?
ICCROM and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Belgium joined forces to address this issue by hosting an international conference on Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage. The initiative was supported by 15 national and international cultural institutions involved in audio-visual heritage, and attended by over 150 creators, collectors, cultural heritage practitioners, policy makers, innovators and business leaders from over 40 countries.
Today’s knowledge on the preservation and access of audio-visual heritage is fragmented, often trapped in separate areas of expertise. ICCROM’s Sound Image Collections Conservation programme (SOIMA) has been actively engaged in developing a response to this global challenge. This international conference called for the fostering of cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange, to ensure that sound and image heritage is available in the future.
ICCROM is hosting a meeting of the InterPARES Trust (ITrust) Transnational Team. The meeting gathers experts in archival science, records management, diplomatics, information technology and digital forensics working in international organizations, as well as members of ITrust Team Europe, and archivists from other international organizations based in Rome and Florence.
Following a 2011 resolution adopted by ICCROM Member States on the reorganization of museum storage, in 2013 ICCROM launched a large-scale call for partners to implement RE-ORG projects worldwide. More than 40 Member States showed interested in the initiative. Since then ad hoc regional and national initiatives are being organized.
The latest RE-ORG project took place in India from the 27 July to the 7 August , in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Museums in Rajasthan, and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). The workshop was part of the campaign launched to improve the state of museum storage in Rajasthan under the guidance of Sh. Shailendra Agrawal, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of Rajasthan.
Experts Ponder Ways of Preserving Priceless Sounds and Images from Extinction
Brussels, 2-4 September – International experts from across the world this week will discuss ways to look beyond professional and institutional boundaries, actively listening to each other and sharing strategies to ensure a safe and creative tomorrow for sound and image heritage. Their concrete strategies will sustain this unique heritage, creatively using it to promote social development.
ICCROM Forum follow up: Think-tank meeting Evaluating the Outcomes of Heritage Science
How to measure impact? Where to start?
Demonstrating impact is a high priority in many fields – especially those which rely on effective fundraising and public support for survival – and in recent years there has been increasing activity in this area with regard to culture and cultural heritage. However, while there is growing recognition of the importance of evaluating outcomes and impact, at the same time there are widespread difficulties in establishing common frameworks, language and methods. In other words, although it is easy to see the merits of the exercise, it remains difficult to apply in practice.