Diplomacy Project

August 3, 2017

Diplomacy ProjectOn 13 July a group of six international students from the Diplomacy Project, accompanied by Dr Eleonora Maria Stella of CNR – ICVBC, RM Monterotondo, visited ICCROM. They were welcomed by ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, and received a presentation on ICCROM and a Library tour from Paul Arenson, Manager, Knoweldge and Communication Services.

Member States represented – Albania, Egypt, Italy, Montenegro, Tunisia


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…


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…


The 6th Course on Conservation of Built Heritage starts

March 10, 2016

CBH16 posterICCROM is pleased to announce the commencement of the sixth course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH16) on 4 March 2016 in Rome.  The course will last until 29 April 2016.

The course has been further improved based on experiences from the last five versions (CBH07, CBH09, CBH10, CBH12 and CBH14). This eight-week course intends to provide a broad understanding of both 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 six modules:

  • Module one – Issues in Heritage Conservation (General Overview), analyzing the development of conservation concepts, evolving nature of the discourse and expanding definitions of heritage;
  • Module two – Management and Planning Context, discussing the management systems, planning for conservation and management of heritage;
  • Module three – Information and Documentation, exploring principles, methods and tools of documentation and information management;
  • Module four – Condition Assessments/Treatments (1), providing different approaches, understanding of materials and the application of science, specifically examining the effects on fabric, surfaces and structures and possible treatments and interventions;
  • Module five – Condition Assessments/Treatments (2), also dealing with condition assessments and treatments at the scale of buildings, sites, archaeological sites and city centres, including various aspects of authenticity and maintenance of the cultural heritage;
  • Module six – Public Access/Interpretation, looking at issues of Interpretation, Presentation, Education and Visitor Management. Continue reading…

Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean

February 10, 2016

Participants of the MOSAIKON partner meeting in Venice, January 2016Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.

The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.

The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. 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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Course on Stone Conservation begins in Rome

April 15, 2015

Another stone course?
What’s new?
What’s different?

poster for the 2015 stone courseFor the nineteenth time since 1976 a group of mid-career professionals from 20 different countries are gathering for the International Course on Stone Conservation co-organized by ICCROM in partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute. The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome will be hosting the field activities throughout the course and YoCoCu will provide assistance during lab exercises.

Thirty-two lecturers from universities, museums, national cultural organizations and conservation practices all over the world have been selected to offer the best possible training in the field. The ICCROM-Getty team will be running the course together for the fourth time now, with ICCROM Consultant Simon Warrack and GCI Project Specialist Benjamin Marcus acting as course coordinators.

We received over ninety applications and it is a tough job to select 20 from so many enthusiastic and competent applicants. The participants are the life blood of the course and it is they who benefit from not only the training but the shared work and life experience from all over the world. They will take this new knowledge back to their countries to share with their colleagues and students. Continue reading…


First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

March 27, 2015

30 March – 24 April 2015, Netherlands

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Is it possible to save cultural heritage from the intentional targeting that we are witnessing in Syria and Iraq? In the aftermath of large-scale natural disasters such as Cyclone Pam, how can cultural heritage be recovered quickly and effectively?

Over the next four weeks, 21 professionals from risk-prone areas such as Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti, Philippines, Syria and Ukraine will convene in Amsterdam to participate in the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, jointly organized by ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission of UNESCO, and 11 national institutions including the Netherlands Ministries of Culture and Education.

This is the fourth international course on First Aid, organized within the framework of ICCROM’s multi-partner programme on disaster risk management.

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip proactive cultural “first aiders” with the necessary skills and knowledge to work with communities and other mainstream emergency actors to protect cultural heritage amidst an unfolding crisis situation.

“Culture cannot wait, the credo of the First Aid training stems from the idea that for communities uprooted by disasters, culture in its both tangible and intangible forms, provides a thread of continuity and helps in overcoming the trauma of loss and displacement, therefore, it cannot be separated from humanitarian assistance”, says Aparna Tandon, the course leader and ICCROM Project Specialist. Continue reading…


Workshop on Managing Risks to Cultural Heritage

February 6, 2015

ICCROM ATHAR logoA two-week specialist workshop on “Building National Capacities for Managing Risks to Cultural Heritage in Case of Emergency” concluded in Cairo, Egypt, on 29 January 2015. The workshop was co-organized by ICCROM through its recently-established ATHAR Regional Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the UNESCO Office in Cairo, the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Culture, and with the support of the Government of Sharjah, UAE, and the US Secretary of State. The closing ceremony was attended by Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, and HE Dr Mamdouh Damati, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, who handed-out course certificates to the participants. Also present were: Ms Faika Bejaoui representing ALECSO, Ms Tamar Teneishvili and Dr Nazar Hassan from the UNESCO Office in Cairo, and Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah Continue reading…


Rescuing Endangered Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region

October 9, 2014

Planning meeting takes place with international and regional organizations

group photo of meeting in Cairo for First Aid planningOn 29 and 30 September, ICCROM-ATHAR, UNESCO and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) held a meeting in Cairo to form national and regional teams for the safeguarding of endangered cultural heritage in the region. This meeting gathered representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Syria, who reported on risks to heritage in their countries, in addition to the local and national initiatives taken in this context.

The meeting discussed possible solutions for the ongoing crises, and decisions were made to implement regional courses to build capacity in risk management and the protection of cultural heritage in times of emergency. Continue reading…