On 25 October, two groups of representatives of photographic archives of Rome-based institutions visited ICCROM Archives. Representatives included the American Academy in Rome; Bibliotheca Hertziana; Sapienza University of Rome; Fondazione Marco Besso; and Institutions of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, including The Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation, The Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography “Luigi Pigorini”, National Institute of Archaeology and History of Art – INASA (Palazzo Venezia); German Archaeological Institute in Rome etc.
Camilla Possenti from Italy will undertake an internship at ICCROM until January 12th, 2018. Camilla has recently completed a Master degree in International Relations at the University degli Studi Roma Tre.
During her internship, Camilla will be assisting the Communications team with data migration tasks for the new Drupal website.
Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches to Conservation, 10-20 October 2017
Travelling the length of Italy – from Naples via Rome to Trento – 22 participants have explored the challenge of putting people back into the centre of conservation. The aim of the People-Centred Approaches (PCA) course has been to strengthen practitioners’ understanding of communities as a core component of heritage management and so ensuring that natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.
This course was also an opportunity to create a forum for participants to share their own experiences from both the cultural and natural heritage sectors, learning from each other and others who are actively involved with communities and heritage. Over two weeks they enjoyed a rich programme of presentations, interactive sessions on sharing experiences, site visits and practical exercises based on examples in the field. Visits took in diverse components of World Heritage properties including the “Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata”, “The Dolomites” and “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Around the Alps,” as well as the “Ledro Alps and Judicaria” and the “Somma-Vesuvio and Miglio d’Oro” Biosphere Reserves, in addition to the MuSe museum. Continue reading…
The second G7 Roma-Lyon Group meeting was held in Rome from 3 to 5 October. This work group, created under the 2001 G8 Italian Presidency, is run by the law enforcement sector and is devoted to formulating counter-terrorism strategies and combating transnational crimes.
ICCROM participated in the first day’s Expert Group Meeting: “Cultural Heritage, the Mirror of Identity” on cataloguing, collecting and sharing data for the protection of cultural heritage and the art market.
Delegates from the G7 countries and experts from international organizations attending the meeting called for maximum co-operation to end the illicit trafficking of antiquities from Syria, Iraq and beyond.
On the occasion of this meeting, ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, observed, “This important event reaffirms the engagement of the G7 nations in the protection and restoration of cultural heritage endangered by conflicts and natural disasters. ICCROM welcomes and supports all such international collaboration efforts in favour of protection for cultural heritage and for those charged with stewarding it.” Continue reading…
On 12 October, a group of trainees attending the course on Innovation in Intelligent Management of Heritage Buildings visited ICCROM. The course is organised by CNR-ICVBC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per la Conservazione e la Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali, Italy.
The group was welcomed by Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services.
ICCROM welcomes Valentina Spano from Italy who will be with us until December 2017.
Valentina holds a B.A. in architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin and is currently completing an M.A. in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg. Her recent studies have focused on heritage impact assessment, disaster risk reduction and heritage management among others. Her thesis is centred on the emergency response of local communities with a particular focus in the planning and management of the reconstruction.
Since 2015, Valentina has been an active member of the Young Committee of the Italian Commission for UNESCO where she has managed social media communications and acted as a regional focal point for the organization of activities for the International UNESCO celebration days.
While at ICCROM, Valentina will develop online tools for First Aid and update didactic materials for the next phase of activities.
It is with sadness that ICCROM announces the recent passing of Maurizio Marabelli on 19 September 2017, after a long illness.
A graduate of Chemistry from the Sapienza University of Rome, he began his career in 1964 at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR; now Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro ̶ ISCR). In 1980 he became the Director of the Chemistry Laboratory, a position he kept until his retirement in 2001.
His main fields of study and scientific interest were: the conservation of metals and wall paintings, the application of non-destructive analytical techniques, and the monitoring of air pollutants and their effects on both indoor and outdoor works of art. Continue reading…
On 7 September ICCROM hosted the meeting of the Evaluation Commission of the 8th edition of the FICLU Competition “Factory in the Landscape”. This contest is open to public and private projects dealing with landscape and the environment, and promotes awareness on the importance of landscape in social well-being, national identity and sustainable development.
Jury members include Prof. Arch. Giovanni Carbonara (La Sapienza, Rome), Arch. Carmen De Luca (ICOMOS, Naples), Prof. Marco Devecchi (Turin University), and Arch. Francesca Riccio (MiBACT, Rome).
They were received by Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General, and Maria Teresa Jaquinta, Liaison Officer, Italy.
Flaminia Bartolini from Italy will come to ICCROM as a Research Fellow from 24 July to 1 September 2017.
Flaminia is currently a PhD student in Cultural Heritage at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. She has worked as a curator at the Division of Archaeology of the Ministry of Culture of Italy (Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma).
Prior to studying at Cambridge, she worked as a museum assistant in Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard and had a curatorial role in the ‘At Home in Renaissance Italy’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She also had a curatorial role as part of her year internship for English Heritage at Wrest Park working with its archaeological collection.
While at ICCROM, Flaminia’s research will focus on Rome’s divided memory: Nazi-Fascist heritage and post-war memory construction in Italy.
On 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