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

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…

Rapid Assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk in Bagan, Myanmar

June 27, 2016

Workshop starts in Bagan, Myanmar

Rapid assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk: Workshop starts in Bagan, MyanmarA ten-day ICCROM workshop on “Rapid assessment methods for mural paintings in Bagan, Myanmar” (21 June – 01 July 2016) has recently started. The workshop began with a brief review of the achievements and progress made since the previous ICCROM workshop undertaken in Bagan in June 2014.

The sheer scale of the site of Bagan, which is renowned for its extraordinary wealth of heritage, presents a number of key conservation challenges. With more than 2 500 temples and monuments containing exquisite but highly vulnerable wall paintings and decorative stucco, a simple and fast method is needed to establish the site’s conservation priorities through rapid and efficient assessment of the level of damage and vulnerability of the temples and their mural paintings. Continue reading…

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

June 2, 2016

The Fifth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Starts

first_aid_1“I would like to prepare for recovery and reconstruction of Mosul’s cultural heritage,” says Layla Salih, an Iraqi participant of the Fifth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) which opened today at the Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC, USA.  Offered within the framework of ICCROM’s multi-partner programme on Disaster Risk Management, the FAC course is aimed at enhancing national, regional and local capacities for protecting cultural heritage during complex and protracted crises. Continue reading…

Conservation of Built Heritage Course (CBH16) closes

May 6, 2016

International Course on Conservation of Built HeritageOn Friday 29 April, the sixth international course on Conservation of Built Heritage came to successful conclusion with a ceremony that took place at ICCROM.  On this occasion, the participants were presented with their certificates.

Over eight weeks, 17 participants from 17 countries made ICCROM their home. They exchanged diverse experiences and worked together to broaden their perspectives and gain new knowledge in the world of built heritage conservation and management. Over 30 resource persons from ICCROM and from different parts of the world were involved in teaching and sharing their experiences through intensive weeks of lectures, group work, discussions and site visits. Continue reading…

CollAsia 2016 – Southeast Asian Collections

March 21, 2016

Group photo - CollAsiaThe International CollAsia Course on Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections took place in Bandung, Indonesia, 8 – 26 February 2016.

A group of 34 professionals from the region shared unique experiences exploring the interdependence of conservation and use of collections, and changes in materials and values over time.  The importance of teamwork and work planning were presented as key issues to improve critical thinking, thereby fighting the tendency to rely on assumptions while practicing the conservation and education professions.

Activities included formal lectures, brainstorming sessions, hands-on practical sessions, interviews with museum staff, visits to local institutions and traditional workshops, participant presentations and film club sessions.

Among the main topics, the group learnt about the materiality of objects, the 10 agents of deterioration and the vulnerability of collections, as well as all the challenges related to the value and use of collections.  A series of course team presentations stimulated the group to discuss risks to collections, and the challenges of categorizing the vulnerability of different objects.  The effects of light, relative humidity and water were explored in depth and experienced through specific exercises.

Various case studies on the values and stories behind objects helped participants understand the fundamental questions of “why we conserve” and “how we conserve.”  The study visit to the Giri Harja Jelekong Workshop, Bandung, West Java, where participants learned about the conservation and use of traditional Indonesian puppets, facilitated discussions about the interdependence between conservation and use.

Elephas - Museum GeologiThe replica of an “Elephas” exhibited as a visitor’s focal point in the main hall of the Museum Geologi also served as new case study for group discussions. Issues related to the planning of moving, packing and unpacking collections provided a concrete platform to address the challenges of teamwork.
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