International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper: Opened on August 25

August 27, 2014

This three-week training course is co-organized by NRICPT and ICCROM. This year ten participants are being welcomed from ten countries.  They include professionals in charge of preservation of cultural properties in New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, United Kingdom, Serbia, France, Cuba, United States of America, Australia and Thailand, respectively.
JPC group photoJPC lab session

They will learn conservation of Japanese cultural properties made with or drawn on paper.  In this way they will acquire skills needed to conserve their own cultural properties.

Member States represented: Australia, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America.


“Training the Trainers” in the RE-ORG Methodology

August 4, 2014

Workshop participants doing a hands-on activityWithin the framework of the RE-ORG South East Europe project preparation, ICCROM organized a one-week “Training the Trainers” workshop at the Central Institute for Conservation (CIK) in Belgrade, Serbia. The workshop was led by Gaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to ICCROM’s Director-General.

The goal was to strengthen the capacity of the future RE-ORG trainers who will be involved, together with ICCROM, in the implementation of RE-ORG projects worldwide. The first one will be in Serbia (October 2014). Four conservation professionals from CIK participated in this workshop. They were joined by three other conservation professionals from Italy, Greece and Spain who will be running other national or regional projects. Continue reading…

Management Planning for Preah Vihear

Group photo of participants of the courseHow can practical conservation solutions best be applied to complex monuments with multiple stakeholders?

ICCROM’s current training at the World Heritage site of Preah Vihear is responding to this question by building capacity on all aspects of site management among a variety of people in charge of the area’s maintenance.

Participants in this training activity come from a number of departments within the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV – the government body responsible for the site): the museum, forestry, tourism and of course, archaeology and architecture. Continue reading…

Preventive Conservation: Reducing Risks to Collections

July 29, 2014

Eighth session of the international course on Preventive Conservation: Reducing Risks to Collections, a collaboration between ICCROM, State Administration for Cultural Heritage (SACH) and the Chinese Academy for Cultural Heritage (CACH), from 21 July to 8 August 2014.

Group photo of the participants of the course on Reducing Risks to Collections, Tianjin, China 2014.After Rome, Ottawa, Sibiu, Quito, Beijing, Istanbul and Santiago de Chile, the ‘Reducing Risks’ course has moved to Tianjin, China!

The course is hosted at the Tianjin Museum, a first class institution with impressive premises, fine collections and an active programme of temporary exhibitions designed for various audiences. Tianjin city offers also other examples of museums and heritage collections to meet the needs of the course programme and practical exercises.

As Ms Lu Qiong, Representative of SACH and ICCROM Council Member mentioned in her opening speech, in China – and in many countries – the number of collections and museums have grown substantially in the last 10 years, requiring more than ever, access to professional development and international networking. Continue reading…

Conservation of Metals in Southeast Asian Collections course begins

June 6, 2014

CollAsia 2014

On Monday 2 June a ceremony was held at the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh to inaugurate the CollAsia course on the conservation of metals in Southeast Asian collections.

Metal collections are a significant part of Southeast Asian heritage, as important metal objects can be found a variety of contexts, including museums, religious sites and communities. This course aims to strengthen understanding of the characteristics and behaviour of metal objects, so as to promote sound conservation practices in the region. Over the course of two weeks, participants will take part in classroom learning and hands-on activities at the National Museum of Cambodia, as well as site visits in the Phnom Penh area. Continue reading…

Built Heritage Course Final Module

May 6, 2014

Bridging the Nature-Culture Gap in World Heritage

On 30 April the course on Conservation of Built Heritage came to a close. The final component of the course consisted trip to the Vesuvius area—including the archaeological site of Herculaneum—where participants collaborated in a special module on linking culture and nature in World Heritage. Two of the organizers explain this further:

Study visit to Vesuvius during Built Heritage course 2014From the heights of Vesuvius to the archeology of Herculaneum, cultural and natural heritage professionals from 31 countries took part in the first special module addressing nature-culture interlinkages in World Heritage management as part of the course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH14). Combining state-of-art lectures with field visits, the course offered heritage professionals innovative tools and concepts to bridge the gap between nature and culture. Continue reading…

News from the Built Heritage course

April 3, 2014

Two of our Built Heritage course participants recount their recent study trip to Florence (15-17 March).
Group photo of course participants

Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, Cappella de Medicee – CBH14 packed a lot in to our three days in Florence.

The weekend was an introduction not only to the rich heritage of Florence, but also a chance to see some of the hidden aspects of the city with Professor Gennaro Tampone, a long-time ICCROM collaborator and well-known expert in the conservation of wooden buildings. Our weekend began (far too early for some) with a bus ride through the early-morning Rome streets and out into the beautiful country-side of Lazio and Tuscany. Our first introduction to Florence was a hurried dash over the Ponte Vecchio and through the city streets to the Collegio degli Ingegneri della Toscana to meet with Professor Tampone. What followed was an absorbing introduction to the history of wooden building construction and issues and options for their conservation. It had already been a full day, but we then moved on to the Uffizi – an incredible, fascinating and ultimately exhausting trip through European art. Upon leaving, refreshment and sustenance was an immediate need. Continue reading…

Saving the Stones: Practical Conservation Training Internship

March 6, 2014

Now accepting applications

In partnership with ICCROM and the Israel Antiquities Authority, Saving the Stones is a 16-22 week international practical training internship in the conservation of built cultural heritage and historic preservation for emerging professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Saving the Stones internshipThrough an immersive cultural heritage experience, participants have the opportunity to learn, work, and live in an historic city and embrace the many unique characteristics of Old Acre, and the ancient cites of Israel. Saving the Stones gives the foundation needed to begin a career in cultural heritage and conservation.

The internship is structured in two components:

  • 16 weeks foundational conservation and historic preservation studies which include theoretical and practical documentation, and treatment planning through to field work and application;
  • 6 (optional) weeks practicum during which the knowledge acquired by the foundation unit is applied through apprenticeship, and thorough personal research is conducted.

Continue reading…

Course on Conservation of Built Heritage begins

March 4, 2014

International Course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH 14)

28 February – 30 April 2014

04_Built-Heritage-Course-2014ICCROM is pleased to announce the commencement of the fifth course on Conservation of Built Heritage on 28 February 2014 in Rome. The course has been further improved based on experience of the last four versions. This eight-week course intends to provide a broad understanding of both the technical and management aspects of conservation and management of heritage by:

  • improving understanding of critical processes in conservation so as to apply them at the macro and micro levels;
  • improving strategic planning skills relevant to conservation and management of heritage;
  • expanding understanding and awareness of current thinking, principles and practices in the conservation and management of built heritage;

The course is comprised of eight modules: Continue reading…

Discovering the secrets of Japanese paper conservation

February 20, 2014

japanese paper

Paper conservator, Emma Le Cornu, blogs on the Kew Botanical Gardens website about her experience on ICCROM’s course on the Conservation of Japanese Paper.

For three weeks in August and September 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the International Course on the Conservation of Japanese Paper in Tokyo, Japan. This annual course is organized by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and hosted by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, in Tokyo….Read more here.