RE-ORG Croatia

November 9, 2017

Re-org CroatiaOn 6 November the Director of the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, Dr Goranka Horjan, welcomed 26 museum professionals for a two-week RE-ORG workshop in the National Museum’s storage areas. The participants, 21 from Croatian museums and 5 from Slovenian museums, are reorganizing 24 storage rooms of the National Museum over ten working days.

After agreeing on a common objective, the participants identified three main steps: creating a temporary localization system, freeing the storage corridors and furniture from non-collection objects, and regrouping collections dispersed in various rooms or on different floors. To achieve their goals, the participants are being followed by a teaching team involving RE-ORG mentors from Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia.

This activity follows the July launch of the Croatian National RE-ORG Project, a three-day “Training of Trainers” workshop given to five Croatian professionals. On this occasion, Gaël de Guichen gave a public lecture on the RE-ORG programme attended by 76 colleagues including representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb. Continue reading…


Training workshop on preventive conservation held in Teheran

January 10, 2017

Training workshop on preventive conservation held in TeheranThe first International Training Workshop on the Museum Environment and Preventive Conservation is being held in Tehran from 8 to 12 January 2017. It brings together 34 museum professionals from Iran, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey.

This workshop is being organized by the Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR) and ICOM-Iran.   Held at the National Museum of Iran, it is the first of a series of workshops whose goal is to cover the many different aspects of conservation. Continue reading…


Lake Ohrid Communities to Inspire Heritage Practitioners in South-East Europe

October 6, 2016

People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Culture and Nature (PCA16) course opens in Tirana, Albania

PCA CourseAlbania’s Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 participants from seven southeast Europe countries who are meeting for the first time to discuss how communities are contributing to heritage – and how they can benefit from it. This marked the opening session of the second People-Centred Approaches course organized by ICCROM.

This short course is primarily aimed at heritage practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with stakeholder communities. Engaging communities in conservation and management processes is intended to strengthen their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making decisions for themselves and their heritage. Continue reading…


RE-ORG China: Wuhou Shrine, Chengdu

September 22, 2015

Re-Org ChinaFollowing 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.

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Course on Stone Conservation begins in Rome

April 15, 2015

Another stone course?
What’s new?
What’s different?

poster for the 2015 stone courseFor 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…


First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

March 27, 2015

30 March – 24 April 2015, Netherlands

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Is it possible to save cultural heritage from the intentional targeting that we are witnessing in Syria and Iraq? In the aftermath of large-scale natural disasters such as Cyclone Pam, how can cultural heritage be recovered quickly and effectively?

Over the next four weeks, 21 professionals from risk-prone areas such as Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti, Philippines, Syria and Ukraine will convene in Amsterdam to participate in the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, jointly organized by ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission of UNESCO, and 11 national institutions including the Netherlands Ministries of Culture and Education.

This is the fourth international course on First Aid, organized within the framework of ICCROM’s multi-partner programme on disaster risk management.

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip proactive cultural “first aiders” with the necessary skills and knowledge to work with communities and other mainstream emergency actors to protect cultural heritage amidst an unfolding crisis situation.

“Culture cannot wait, the credo of the First Aid training stems from the idea that for communities uprooted by disasters, culture in its both tangible and intangible forms, provides a thread of continuity and helps in overcoming the trauma of loss and displacement, therefore, it cannot be separated from humanitarian assistance”, says Aparna Tandon, the course leader and ICCROM Project Specialist. Continue reading…


RE-ORG International in Canada and Southeast Europe

October 21, 2014

RE-Org International 2014 Southeast Europe team (top) and Canada team (bottom)Over the next year, 21 museums led by the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Central Institute for Conservation in Belgrade (CIK) will reorganize their storage to ensure better conservation and the access to their collections. The project-based training initiatives are using the RE-ORG storage reorganization methodology created by ICCROM and UNESCO and available for free online.

The projects will include workshops and distance mentoring using a new online training platform developed by ICCROM and its partners to facilitate the use of the RE-ORG resource.

RE-ORG: Canada, a national initiative is organized by CCI in collaboration with the Ontario Museums Association and the Museums Assistance Program (MAP). Six museums selected across the province of Ontario are participating. Future editions of RE-ORG: Canada, will take place in other provinces.

RE-ORG: SEE is a regional initiative for Southeast Europe, organized by CIK and the Regional Alliance of ICOM for South East Europe – ICOM SEE, with the support of the Serbian Ministry of Culture, ICOM and the Annenberg Foundation. Fifteen museums from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia are participating. Continue reading…


International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper: Opened on August 25

August 27, 2014

This three-week training course is co-organized by NRICPT and ICCROM. This year ten participants are being welcomed from ten countries.  They include professionals in charge of preservation of cultural properties in New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, United Kingdom, Serbia, France, Cuba, United States of America, Australia and Thailand, respectively.
JPC group photoJPC lab session

They will learn conservation of Japanese cultural properties made with or drawn on paper.  In this way they will acquire skills needed to conserve their own cultural properties.

Member States represented: Australia, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America.