Estelle De Bruyn

September 28, 2017

Estelle De Bruyn ICCROM welcomes Estelle De Bruyn, a Belgian national who will carry out a three-month internship supporting the RE-ORG programme until mid-December. Estelle is a recent graduate in conservation and restoration of works of art at ENSAV La Cambre (École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre), one of the leading schools of art and design in Belgium. Her interest in preventive conservation led her to undertake an internship at CCI in Canada, where she was first exposed to the RE-ORG methodology.

At CCI, Estelle was encouraged to develop new didactic material to be used for the participants of RE-ORG Atlantic for provinces bordering the Atlantic region of Canada.  This culminated in a three-day workshop in Truro, Nova Scotia. Upon returning to Belgium, Estelle contacted the staff of KIK-IRPA and later attended the second general meeting of RE-ORG Belgium, contributing to the discussions with participants for storage space re-organization.

While at ICCROM, Estelle will help with RE-ORG activities, didactic materials and communication.

Member State represented – Belgium

Muriel Verbeeck

March 15, 2017

Muriel VerbeeckWe are pleased to welcome Muriel Verbeeck, a Belgian national, who will conduct research at ICCROM until the end of April 2017.

Muriel Verbeeck is professor and researcher at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège and the University of Liège (Joint Research Unit, “Art, Architecture and Heritage”).  While at ICCROM she will carry out research in the Archives and Library.

Muriel’s work deals with both the history of conservation-restoration theories, in particular the contribution of Paul Philippot, and the conceptualization of restoration in contemporary art. She will draw from her study period at ICCROM to inform her teaching (ethics, history and theories of restoration), as well as a series of papers and publications brought together into a book proposal (Conceptual tools for conservators).

Member State represented: Belgium

Out of storage with the Geneva Ethnographic Museum

February 10, 2017

Re-Org and Geneva Ethnographic Museum
© Johnathan Watts du MEG

At the request of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum (MEG), Gaël de Guichen and Marjolijn Debulpaep of the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, Belgium, carried out a RE-ORG workshop in 1 – 2 Febrary 2016.

The collection, which is one of the largest in Switzerland with more than 70,000 items, will be transferred in 2018 to a shared storage facility.

It is a huge task but also a real opportunity to improve the collection’s use and access potential, while also ensuring long-term preservation. In order to prepare for the move, the collaborators of the collections unit adopted the RE-ORG method developed by ICCROM and UNESCO.

The method has been used successfully to date in more than ten countries on five continents. The MEG thus joins a strong professional community with the skills and experience to rediscover collections in storage, care for them and ensure their accessibility.

Objects in museum storage in more danger than you think

October 25, 2016

A recommendation on collections in storage
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For over 80 years, museum professionals have been raising concerns about the conditions of their collections in storage. More than 55 000 museums exist in the world, and typically 90% of their objects are in storage rooms. This concern is becoming increasingly acute: collections inevitably grow, while financial resources continue to dwindle.  Given this situation, how can museums ensure that their treasures in storage are adequately looked after and accessible? 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…

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

September 1, 2016

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

The 2016 edition of the JPC-Japanese Paper Conservation course was inaugurated in Tokyo on 29 August.  This highly specialised three-week event will be held from 29 August – 16 September 2016.

The course has been organised once a year since 1992, in collaboration between the Japanese heritage authorities at National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM.  This year’s edition brings together ten professionals from around the world.  For the first time, colleagues from Bhutan, Croatia and Iceland are joining the course. 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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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…

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 Belgium Launches

June 16, 2015

RE-ORG participant doing hands-on activityFollowing 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, including the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels, Belgium. Now, in collaboration with the Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage (FARRO) and ICCROM, they have launched an 11-month project for museums based in Belgium and Luxemburg, which will include a workshop from 12 to 23 October 2015. Seven museums will be selected to participate: two from Flanders, two from Wallonia, two from Brussels and one from Luxemburg. Continue reading…