Hemani BADYAL from India will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 22 May to 2 July 2017.
Hemani has a Masters in Architecture from CEPT University of Ahmedabad and is currently finishing a second master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development at ITC-ILO in Turin. She also works as conservation architect at DRONAH site office in the City Palace Complex of Udaipur, where she coordinates the various phases of work as per the conservation management plan for the City Palace and prepares the museum interpretation and use plans.
While at ICCROM, Hemani will be working on the World Heritage programme.
Member State represented: India
The fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded on 9 December 2016 at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Annual Forum has been organized since 2013, with the collaboration and financial support of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea.
The objectives of the Annual Forum are to explore, research, and debate key themes emerging from the Asian region that have implications for effective conservation and management of heritage. These debates should result in formulation of policy guidance notes and/or principles related to the above themes, for improved and effective conservation and management of heritage. The Forum is also expected to contribute to capacity-building efforts in the region. Continue reading…
The 5th RE-ORG course (Reorganization of Collections in Museum Storage) was held from 1 to 11 November 2016 in the City Palace Museum, located in the superb palace of the Maharajah of Udaipur. The course was held by the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) in collaboration with ICCROM.
The participants came from seven state museums in Rajasthan, along with two interns from Cambodia. Continue reading…
The Fifth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Starts
“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…
On 17 May, the Ambassador of India in Rome, H.E. Anil Wadhwa, visited ICCROM and met with the Director-General, Stefano De Caro.
Member State represented: India
The first 2016 RE-ORG project has started in India at the Assam State Museum, running from 29 February to 11 March 2016.
This project is the fourth one organized in India, the result of collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and ICCROM. The RE-ORG Assam project is part of the campaign launched by Sh. Preetom Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Cultural Affairs Department, with the goal of improving the state of museum storage in Assam. The project offers a great opportunity to strengthen the network of professionals who can support and spread the RE-ORG methodology, so as to improve museum storage and collections preservation practices in India and make museum collections available to the wider community.
The importance and variety of the Assam State Museum collections (stone sculptures, various weapons, utensils, old royal garments, coins, age-old metal sculptures, painting, stones and copper-plate inscriptions) make them a unique and perfect case study for the workshop. Sixteen participants from the principal Assam museums are currently implementing the RE-ORG methodology. During the first week of the workshop, they moved more than 2,400 objects and created four different storage units dedicated to archaeological objects, ethnographic objects, paintings and natural history specimens.
ICCROM 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…
Third Annual Forum on the Applicability and Adaptability of Traditional Knowledge Systems in Conservation and Management of Heritage in Asia
Traditional knowledge and its applicability to cultural heritage preservation is increasingly gaining recognition in light of global discourse on sustainable development, climate change, disasters and resilience. In reflection of this worldwide shift, the World Heritage Committee has included the use of traditional knowledge systems for site management within its Operational Guidelines. The natural heritage sector is also very engaged in related activities, and in Africa, institutions have already begun compiling information from various areas of the continent.
Asia is rich in time-tested practices, and the inclusion of these systems into discussions about heritage is timely. Traditional management systems have the power to make a significant impact on the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the region. For example, ancient practices can help curb carbon emissions when maintaining a heritage place, and the continuation or revival of traditional crafts not only ensures that knowledge is passed down through generations, but that artisans can make a stable living. Continue reading…
The 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
Following 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.