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…
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…
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.
Maria Luisa is a Phd Candidate in Social Sciences with a specialization in Andean Studies from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador. She has a strong background in sustainable tourism management, and has published different books and articles on this topic. She also holds two Masters in Business Administration and in Leisure Management from the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña, Spain.
Over the past few years she has been a teacher and a researcher at the University of La Molina (Lima, Peru), FLACSO (Ecuador), the National University of Lujan (Argentina), and the Superior School of Local Government of Iberamerican Union of Municipalities (Granada, Spain). She also worked as project consultant for CARE International, Ecuador, AECID-ADPM, Manabi-Ecuador and as a Tourism Specialist for Exterior Commerce and Tourism Ministry (MINCETUR) – AECID.
During her internship she will work on the LATAM programme: the production of contents and information about activities in the region and helping with all the aspects aimed at strengthening the LATAM Network.
Member State represented: Peru
Another stone course?
For 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…