Putting people at the heart of conserving nature and culture

October 23, 2017

Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches to Conservation, 10-20 October 2017

Promoting People-Centred Approaches

People-Centred Approaches 2017Travelling the length of Italy – from Naples via Rome to Trento – 22 participants have explored the challenge of putting people back into the centre of conservation. The aim of the People-Centred Approaches (PCA) course has been to strengthen practitioners’ understanding of communities as a core component of heritage management and so ensuring that natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.

This course was also an opportunity to create a forum for participants to share their own experiences from both the cultural and natural heritage sectors, learning from each other and others who are actively involved with communities and heritage. Over two weeks they enjoyed a rich programme of presentations, interactive sessions on sharing experiences, site visits and practical exercises based on examples in the field. Visits took in diverse components of World Heritage properties including the “Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata”, “The Dolomites” and “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Around the Alps,” as well as the “Ledro Alps and Judicaria” and the “Somma-Vesuvio and Miglio d’Oro” Biosphere Reserves, in addition to the MuSe museum. Continue reading…

Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills

July 25, 2017

ICCROM International Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science
10 – 21 July 2017. Rome, Italy

Course participants

ICCROM’s third instalment of the International Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science, 10 – 21 July 2017 in Rome, has recently been concluded. This two-week course brought together conservation professionals from 25 different countries and a range of professional backgrounds to investigate and explore alternative approaches to teaching and learning about conservation and science, while examining existing practices in the field.

Conservation education programmes and professional development activities are often under pressure to teach more in less time. New didactic methods, concepts and tools are needed to design and implement learning activities for maximum results. By innovating and using proven effective modalities to tackle the core concepts of conservation and science, common challenges can be seen through a new lens, and learning can be moved from the laboratory to the everyday world around us.

Through a series of interactive sessions in the ICCROM classroom and throughout Rome, course participants spent an intensive two weeks balancing rigour with the right touch of fun. The result was a diverse group of conservation professionals now equipped with new perspectives and new energy to revisit conventional teaching methods and give them a greater impact.

The course began with a discussion on the assumptions that conservation practitioners make about each other. Unpacking these assumptions introduced an element of self-questioning, and set the scene for greater openness in teaching and learning. With that as a starting point, participants explored the effectiveness and suitability of various learning modalities in conservation.  They discussed what it means to be interdisciplinary within the conservation field and how this can best be accomplished. Continue reading…

Sustaining Sound and Image Collections (SOIMA 2017)

July 19, 2017

From 9 to 23 July 2017 in Accra, Ghana

Photos, films, audio and video records capture memories, creative expressions and vital scientific data. “Wherever the collections of these records exist, they are being used to create jobs, feed research and provide multidimensional narratives of our past and present,” says Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General.

To discuss these topics, the 2017 SOIMA International Course on Sustaining Sound and Image Collections has brought together 17 participants from 12 countries at the Institute of African Studies and the J.H. Kwabena Nketia Archives at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. The shared objective is to exchange knowledge on sustaining sound and image heritage, which is threatened by constantly changing technologies and the lack of cohesive institutional policies.

This course, which runs from 9 to 23 July 2017, was conceived by ICCROM in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies and with the cooperation of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Ghana’s National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), the International Council on Archives (ICA), and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA).

Group photo

During the two-week intensive course, participants have engaged in activities ranging from group discussions, hands-on activities and structured learning exercises.  The shared topics include defining what audiovisual heritage is, why should we preserve it, and how can we use it for creative purposes. This learning opportunity focuses on a case study at the J.H. Kwamena Nketia Archive, which was founded to study the vibrant oral heritage of Ghana. This archive is led by a former SOIMA participant, Judith Opoku-Boateng, who is now sharing the fruits of her labor with other participants. Continue reading…

LATAM stone conservation course ends

November 2, 2016

LATAM stone conservation course ends

The LATAM stone conservation course took place in Mexico, from 10 to 22 October 2016. This two-week course focused on “Observation, documentation and diagnosis”, and combined a series of theoretical and practical sessions. The eleven participants, including archaeologists, architects, conservators and geologists, used the Maya archaeological site of Chicanná as a case study. Continue reading…

Textile and Costume Conservation in Antigua, Guatemala

CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asia, 24 Oct – 11 Nov 2016, begins in Antigua, Guatemala

CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and CostumesThe CollAsia International Course on Conservation of Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asia has gathered over 25 colleagues from leading heritage institutions all over the world to meet in La Antigua, Guatemala. The course has brought together professionals from distant geographical points, as far apart as the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and Argentina, Vietnam and Egypt, Indonesia and Greece, the Philippines and Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom, Brazil and Cambodia.

The course aim is to explore together with colleagues from Guatemala the commonalities and differences in the heritage we care for, and to increase awareness of the diversity of cultural and professional perspectives. Continue reading…

Lake Ohrid Communities to Inspire Heritage Practitioners in South-East Europe

October 6, 2016

People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Culture and Nature (PCA16) course opens in Tirana, Albania

PCA CourseAlbania’s Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 participants from seven southeast Europe countries who are meeting for the first time to discuss how communities are contributing to heritage – and how they can benefit from it. This marked the opening session of the second People-Centred Approaches course organized by ICCROM.

This short course is primarily aimed at heritage practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with stakeholder communities. Engaging communities in conservation and management processes is intended to strengthen their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making decisions for themselves and their heritage. Continue reading…

International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage

September 27, 2016

International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in StorageOver 200 museum professionals from all over the world have gathered at the Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG-MRAH) in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the practicalities of reorganizing museum storage and the potentially meaningful outcomes this can bring for communities. They are using the RE-ORG methodology, originally developed by ICCROM with the support of UNESCO.

The seminar, held on 28-29 September 2016, features twenty-five talks by speakers from Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Guatemala, Greece, India, Serbia and Switzerland, along with ten poster presentations. On the first day, Gaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM, will give the keynote address entitled “Reorganizing Museum Storage: An 80-year journey… and still a way to go!” Continue reading…

International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage

August 12, 2016

Deadline extended to 15 September

Special price until 31 August!


Reconnecting with Collections in Storage The RE-ORG ExperienceDates: 28-29 September 2016 (starting time on the 28th is 9:00)

Location: Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium

Language: English

Registration: Now more than 150 places available! Register as soon as possible at http://org.kikirpa.be/RE-ORGBelgium2015/form.php

New registration deadline: 15 September 2016

Registration cost:

Before 31 August 2016: € 50 (regular price); € 30 (student price – proof of enrollment required).

After 31 August 2016: € 100 (regular price); € 80 (student price – proof of enrollment required).

Cost: Included: lunches and morning and afternoon tea breaks on the 28th and 29th, as well as an evening reception on the 28th.

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Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 20, 2016

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

The economic losses from disasters are now reaching an average of US$250 to US$300 billion each year, according to the Global Assessment Report of 2015 – a resource for analyzing and understanding disaster risk globally, today and in the future. Conflicts are equally devastating – in 2014, 42 500 people were displaced by violence and con­flict every day. (Refer to the  report of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Gap) Continue reading…