Conservation of Stone in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 27, 2015

The LATAM International Course on Stone Conservation: Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis recently concluded in Mexico. During the three-week course, eleven participants from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Mexico had practical and theoretical sessions at the archaeological site of Tula and in Mexico City.

The first week was devoted to a detailed observation of case-studies at Tula, where participants applied the Objective Visual Observation (OVO) method. During the second week, they used a variety of documentation methods. The last week was devoted to additional archival and laboratory research, in order to synthesize all of the information and prepare a diagnosis and condition assessment of the case studies. Participants also shared their own experiences by presenting case studies from their home countries.

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RE-ORG project underway in Belgium

October 16, 2015

Royal Museums of Arts and History, Brussels, 12 to 23 October 2015

Re-Org Belgium group photoNo two RE-ORG projects are alike. Each RE-ORG team uses the same methodology, but parameters such as the type of collection (size, weight and composition), number of objects, collection growth, space availability, storage room and state of conservation are different. This therefore demonstrates the adaptability of the RE-ORG methodology to suit different needs and situations.

The RE-ORG Belgium workshop hosted by the Royal Museums of Arts and History (MRAH-KMKG) includes the case study of a unique collection of 12,000 fragile and manifold antique toys ranging from doll puppets (smallest pieces) to a horse carousel (largest piece). Participants have been presented with a significant challenge: objects are scattered in nine different spaces and must be regrouped and reorganized. Upon completion this will be the largest collection to be reorganized within a 10 day timeframe. Continue reading…

Course Announcements

October 13, 2015

ICCROM courses are an opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in the various themes we cover. They are also a source of inspiration for participants who go back to their home countries and institutions infused with new energy.

This fall, we are accepting applications for the following courses:

The course will focus on the scientific principles underlying the past and present systems, materials and work practices, and the use and conservation of collections.

Group photo with the ICCROM and CollAsia flags, taken from above

Many different types of professionals respond to an unfolding crisis. This course provides strategies for interlocking culture specialists with humanitarian specialists during an emergency situation and aims to unify these sometimes conflicting perspectives.

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Promoting People-Centred Approaches

October 2, 2015

Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture – PCA15

Rome and the Bay of Naples, 5-16 October 2015

PCAICCROM is pleased to announce the commencement of its first course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture (PCA15).

This short course is aimed at conservation practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with communities through existing management systems. It will also be used as an opportunity to create a forum for participants to share their experiences in both the cultural and natural heritage sectors, learning from each other and other heritage practitioners who are actively involved with communities. This intensive short course will consists of lectures, interactive sessions on sharing experiences and practical exercises based on a real-life case study in the Bay of Naples.

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Cultural Heritage Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region 2015

September 28, 2015

Group photo, ACCU 2015The course on ‘Cultural Heritage Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region 2015: Preservation and Restoration of Wooden Structures’, was launched on 1 September at the ACCU Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office in Nara, Japan and will continue until 1 October 2015.


This course is jointly (biannually) organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (Bunkacho); the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU); ICCROM; and the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tokyo and Nara), in cooperation with the Japanese Association for Conservation of Architectural Monuments (JACAM); the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; the Nara Prefecture Government; and the Nara Municipal Government.

15 participants from 15 countries within the Asia-Pacific Region are participating in the course.

Member States represented: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Lao P.D.R., Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines,  Viet Nam, and Japan

Non-Member States: Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Samoa and Uzbekistan

RE-ORG China: Wuhou Shrine, Chengdu

September 22, 2015

Re-Org ChinaFollowing ICCROM’s 2010 survey, it was recognized that 60% of museum collections are at serious risk due to overcrowding and poor storage conditions. Immediately afterwards, ICCROM launched the development of the RE-ORG methodology in partnership with UNESCO. As a result, the General Assembly of ICCROM urged the 134 Member States to consider this major issue in November 2013. The international RE-ORG programme was launched. The methodology developed for this programme has since been applied in Argentina, Canada, India, Iraq, and Serbia.

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RE-ORG Rajasthan: Alwar Museum, India

September 3, 2015

Re-Org RajasthanFollowing 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.

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Stone Course 2015 closure

July 29, 2015

stone course 2015 participantsOn Thursday 2 July, twenty mid-career professionals completed their training at the joint ICCROM-Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) course focusing on theoretical and practical aspects of stone conservation.

The Stone Course participants spent approximately 720 hours learning about stone characterization, consolidation, conservation, structural repair, graffiti removal and non-destructive analytical techniques. In addition, over 40 worldwide experts provided multiple inputs and teaching approaches.

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Communication and teaching skills

July 20, 2015

International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science
13 – 24 July 2015. Rome, Italy

The second edition of the International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science began on 15 July at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome. This two-week training session has brought together professionals from a variety of countries and backgrounds to explore the potential of different didactic approaches, approaches to learning about conservation and science, and revisiting existing practices. Learning is taking place through interactive sessions both in the classroom and around Rome. Continue reading…