Myanmar-Italy bilateral meeting and seminar

June 22, 2017

Myanmar-Italy bilateral meeting and seminarOn 21 June, ICCROM hosted a bilateral meeting between Italy and Myanmar and a seminar on “Integrated Conservation of Urban Heritage and Inclusive and Intelligent Cities: possible synergies between Italy and Myanmar, the Yangon Laboratory,” in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Yangon Region, Mr U Phyo Min Thein, and under the auspices of the Associazione ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME with the participation of the Faculty of Architecture, La Sapienza University of Rome and other guests.

Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General, addressed the seminar, attended by Aparna Tandon, Project Manager, Collections Unit; Gamini Wijesurya, Project Manager, Sites Unit; Joseph King, Sites Unit Director; and Maria Teresa Iaquinta, Liaison Officer (Co-operation with Italy).

Member States represented: Italy and Myanmar


ICCROM hosts bilateral Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminar

June 21, 2017

Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminarOn the occasion of the visit to Rome of Prime Minister of the Yangon Region, Mr U Phyo Min Thein, and following the request of the ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME Association, ICCROM hosted a seminar on 21 June on “Integrated Conservation of Urban Heritage and Inclusive and Intelligent Cities: possible synergies between Italy and Myanmar, the Yangon Laboratory.”

The Yangon Region, former capital of Myanmar, is at the center of a rapid urbanization process causing serious problems of real estate speculation. In the next 10 years the city is expected to reach a population of over 11 million people. This is a very serious threat to the city’s important architectural heritage dating back to the period of British colonization. It is the intention of the Burmese authorities to launch a policy for museums and optimal use of cultural sites that will support the development of tourism. Local and national institutions must address a series of important political, social and financial challenges to launch a strategic plan for change management that combines urban planning, development and conservation, while avoiding the pitfalls and heavy-handed errors of other countries in the Asian region. Continue reading…


ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquake

September 8, 2016

ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquakeA violent 6.8 earthquake hit central Myanmar on 24 August 2016, killing at least four people and damaging the archaeological site of Bagan.  Once the capital city of the historical Pagan Kingdom, the site of Bagan contains more than 2500 Buddhist monuments built from the 10th to 14th centuries, including temples, stupas and monasteries.

The site of Bagan is actively used for religious and cultural purposes. The monuments are greatly venerated by the population, and large numbers of pilgrims visit the site from all over Myanmar, particularly at festival times. More than 300 temples contain highly significant mural paintings.   In addition, Bagan is a main focus for Myanmar’s growing tourist industry. Continue reading…


Rapid Assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk in Bagan, Myanmar

June 27, 2016

Workshop starts in Bagan, Myanmar

Rapid assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk: Workshop starts in Bagan, MyanmarA ten-day ICCROM workshop on “Rapid assessment methods for mural paintings in Bagan, Myanmar” (21 June – 01 July 2016) has recently started. The workshop began with a brief review of the achievements and progress made since the previous ICCROM workshop undertaken in Bagan in June 2014.

The sheer scale of the site of Bagan, which is renowned for its extraordinary wealth of heritage, presents a number of key conservation challenges. With more than 2 500 temples and monuments containing exquisite but highly vulnerable wall paintings and decorative stucco, a simple and fast method is needed to establish the site’s conservation priorities through rapid and efficient assessment of the level of damage and vulnerability of the temples and their mural paintings. Continue reading…


Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections

February 17, 2016

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…


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…