Jaana Kataja

April 4, 2017

New intern at Collections UnitStarting off with a BA in textile conservation from the EVTEK University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa, Finland, Jaana Kataja from Finland has worked extensively as a textile conservator.  She is currently the project manager in a regional collection centre project of the Museum of Kymenlaakso, Kotka aimed at assessing the need for a joint storage facility for the Kymenlaakso region in Finland. At the same time she is in the process of completing her MA in Museology from the University of Jyväskylä.  As part of her studies, Jaana carried out a survey on 21 regional museums in Finland to investigate their collections facilities. She is presently the Chairman of the Nordic Association of Conservators, Finland.

During her internship at ICCROM (3 April to 30 June), Jaana will be associated with the RE-ORG Project and will be assisting in various activities such as training, didactic materials and communication.  In particular she will be involved in the final preparation of the RE-ORG Nigeria workshop.

 Member State represented: Finland


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…


CollAsia Course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections Ends

February 20, 2015

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

The CollAsia international course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections came to a close in Kuching, Malaysia. Organized by ICCROM and the Sarawak Museum Department, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the CollAsia activity aimed to improve scientific literacy and critical thinking skills among the diverse professionals caring for Southeast Asian heritage collections.

The training activity brought together over 40 heritage specialists from 21 different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Through lectures and interactive sessions, participants explored the scientific principles underlying past and present systems, materials and work practices, as well as the manufacture, use and conservation of collections.

Participants were encouraged to share the traditional collections conservation practices in their countries during the Conference Day held on 16 January. Study visits were organized to Sarawak Cultural Village and the Bidayuh longhouse of Kampung Benuk, to learn and draw new ideas for research from the rich living heritage of the local communities around Kuching. Continue reading…


CollAsia Course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections

January 14, 2015

12 – 30 January 2015, Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia

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With over 40 specialists from Asia-Pacific and beyond, the CollAsia international course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections is taking place 12 – 30 January 2015 in the Natural History Museum, Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia.

Organized by the Sarawak Museum Department and ICCROM, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the course aims to improve scientific literacy and critical thinking skills among the diverse professionals caring for Southeast Asian heritage collections.

The course focuses on scientific principles underlying past and present systems for managing museum objects, materials and work practices, as well as the manufacture, use and conservation of collections. Participants are encouraged to share traditional collections conservation practices used in their countries. The course identifies, reviews, discusses and compares living cultural practices and current conservation principles and approaches relevant to the theme of the course. It also encourages further research into developing innovative solutions.

The intensive training activity consists of lectures and interactive sessions, both in the classroom and around Sarawak, with practical exercises. Continue reading…


Visiting Researcher: Gerd Norrgard

October 15, 2014

Gerd NorrgardICCROM is pleased to welcome Gerd Norrgard, a visiting researcher from Finland. Gerd holds a degree in financial economics from the Hanken School of Economics in Finland and is currently completing her Master degree in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, which has a focus on cultural economics, at the International Training Center of ILO in Turin, Italy. She has worked in several financial management capacities, in the private sector and with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations. She has also spent long periods of time in Syria, before the current war, where she worked on a restoration project and lived with the local community in the Ancient City of Aleppo, a World Heritage Site.

At ICCROM she is carrying out research on how sound and image heritage can be reused in creative industries, as part of ICCROM’s programme for Sound and Image Collections Conservation (SOIMA). Related to her research, she is also contributing to the organization of a multidisciplinary international conference for sound and image heritage, to take place in 2015.

Member State represented: Finland