In the wake of the severe 7.1 earthquake that struck Central Mexico in the afternoon of 19 September bringing terrible loss of life, ICCROM stands with the people of that nation and with all our colleagues in the professional community responsible for protecting heritage, the memory of the people and the foundation of its future. Continue reading…
Dates: 9 October – 8 December 2017
Place: Mexico City and Chicanná (Campeche), Mexico
In many regions of the world, stone was historically the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. Accordingly, the conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments present challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. In addition to these factors, the decline in traditional building techniques, craft practices and repair methods is also threatening our ability to sustain stone structures and objects into the future. These conservation issues require a multidisciplinary approach that involves professionals, craftspeople, policy makers and owners.
The International Course on Stone Conservation was created in 1976. Nineteen courses have successfully been conducted between then and 2009 in Venice, and since 2011 it has been held biennially in Rome. The new course which will be held in Mexico reflects advances in practice, science, and technology, including the integration of practical methodologies for stone conservation on sites, buildings and structures. Continue reading…
The LATAM stone conservation course took place in Mexico, from 10 to 22 October 2016. This two-week course focused on “Observation, documentation and diagnosis”, and combined a series of theoretical and practical sessions. The eleven participants, including archaeologists, architects, conservators and geologists, used the Maya archaeological site of Chicanná as a case study. Continue reading…
Dates: 10 – 22 October 2016
Place: Archaeological Site of Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico
In 2010, an agreement was signed by ICCROM and INAH for collaboration in the LATAM Programme for conservation of cultural heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within this context, a series of activities have been carried out, focusing on stone heritage conservation. Continue reading…
Dates: 9 to 25 November 2016
Place: Mexico City, Mexico
- Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia(CNCPC-INAH), Mexico City, Mexico
- National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan
On February 8th the CollAsia course on Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections began in Bandung, Indonesia. The training activity, organized in collaboration with the Bandung Geological Museum and the Geological Agency of Indonesia, Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), brought together 34 conservation professionals from 18 countries. They will spend three weeks exploring the challenges of conserving and using collections.
The activity was inaugurated at the Geological Agency Auditorium, with a grand traditional Indonesian ceremony offered by the Geological Agency and presented by the Head of Bandung Geological Museum, Mr Oman Abdurahman, the Vice Minister of Tourism and the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO. Continue reading…
Following the 29th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), delegates of Member States elected the new members to serve on ICCROM’s Council for the period 2015 – 2019. The members of ICCROM’s Council are elected from among the most qualified experts in the conservation-restoration field worldwide.
- Abdulaziz ALMUSALLAM ALKHAALDI – (United Arab Emirates)
- Yong-Jae CHUNG – (Republic of Korea)
- Florencia GEAR – (Argentina)
- Riadh HADJ SAID – (Tunisia)
- Michaëla HANSSEN – (Netherlands)
- Monther JAMHAWI – (Jordan)
- Wataru KAWANOBE – (Japan)
- Patricia KELL – (Canada)
- Marie LAVANDIER – (France)
- Anne NYHAMAR – (Norway)
- Zoe REID – (Ireland)
- Mohammad Hassan TALEBIAN – (Iran) Islamic Republic of
Also, during the 86th meeting of Council, the ICCROM Council elected its new Bureau:
- President of Council: Marie Lavandier
- Vice Chairperson of Administration: Oliver Martin
- Vice Chairperson of Planning: Valerie Magar
The LATAM International Course on Stone Conservation: Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis recently concluded in Mexico. During the three-week course, eleven participants from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Mexico had practical and theoretical sessions at the archaeological site of Tula and in Mexico City.
The first week was devoted to a detailed observation of case-studies at Tula, where participants applied the Objective Visual Observation (OVO) method. During the second week, they used a variety of documentation methods. The last week was devoted to additional archival and laboratory research, in order to synthesize all of the information and prepare a diagnosis and condition assessment of the case studies. Participants also shared their own experiences by presenting case studies from their home countries.
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.
International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science
13 – 24 July 2015. Rome, Italy
The second edition of the International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science began on 15 July at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome. This two-week training session has brought together professionals from a variety of countries and backgrounds to explore the potential of different didactic approaches, approaches to learning about conservation and science, and revisiting existing practices. Learning is taking place through interactive sessions both in the classroom and around Rome. Continue reading…