Clara González Fernández

July 5, 2017

Clara González FernándezClara González Fernández from Spain will carry out an internship at ICCROM from 3 July to 30 September.

Following a career as a hands-on conservation professional, several years ago Clara González Fernández decided that a museum was more suited to apply the various aspects inherent to preventive conservation.  She thus joined the Ethnological Museum of Ribadavia in Galicia, where she developed a strategy to refurbish and reorganize the storage space, allowing objects to be seen and where necessary exhibited to the public. Later, Clara moved to the Pilgrimage Museum in Santiago de Compostela from which she is currently on leave. When Clara discovered the RE-ORG project, she applied for an ICCROM internship as she admired the project methodology that allowed museum storage re-organization with scarce financial means but with “self-reliance, sustainability and creativity.”

At ICCROM, Clara will follow the preparation of RE-ORG Chile (2018) and the review and development of teaching/learning materials in Spanish. She will also help with other Re-Org ongoing activities.

Member State represented: Spain


Luis Pérez-Prat Durbán and María del Valle Gómez de Terreros Guardiola

October 18, 2016

María del Valle Gómez de Terreros GuardiolaLuis Pérez-Prat DurbánICCROM is pleased to welcome Luis Pérez-Prat Durbán and María del Valle Gómez de Terreros Guardiola, from Spain. Both Visiting Researchers are full professors at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

Their joint research project, funded by the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, specifically relates to international criteria applied to restoration of archaeological remains and ruined monuments; intentional destruction of cultural heritage, especially in the cases of Mali, Libya, Iraq and Syria; cultural heritage and Holocaust; and protection of ruins included in the World Heritage List. The project aims to analyse the efficiency of cultural heritage protection regulations, evaluating whether current legislation successfully fulfils its heritage protection objectives.

Member State represented: Spain


Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

September 1, 2016

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

The 2016 edition of the JPC-Japanese Paper Conservation course was inaugurated in Tokyo on 29 August.  This highly specialised three-week event will be held from 29 August – 16 September 2016.

The course has been organised once a year since 1992, in collaboration between the Japanese heritage authorities at National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM.  This year’s edition brings together ten professionals from around the world.  For the first time, colleagues from Bhutan, Croatia and Iceland are joining the course. Continue reading…


Alicia Pol Méndez

June 27, 2016

POL-MENDEZ_Alicia_2016We are pleased to announce that Ms Alicia Pol Méndez, Spanish currently living in London, will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 4 April to 30 June 2016.

Alicia is a trilingual art historian and project manager with experience in marketing, university, museum settings and cultural cooperation in the field (including Bosnia, Peru and Morocco). She holds a MA in Cultural Management from the University of Seville, Spain, and the Diplôme des Grandes Ecoles in Museology from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France.

Her internship will focus on the improvement of the social media and communication tools of the LATAM Programme, such as the Newsletter and the Facebook Group, the updating of the contact lists, and the production of thematic content items for the LATAM community.


First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

June 2, 2016

The Fifth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Starts

first_aid_1“I would like to prepare for recovery and reconstruction of Mosul’s cultural heritage,” says Layla Salih, an Iraqi participant of the Fifth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) which opened today at the Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC, USA.  Offered within the framework of ICCROM’s multi-partner programme on Disaster Risk Management, the FAC course is aimed at enhancing national, regional and local capacities for protecting cultural heritage during complex and protracted crises. Continue reading…


Gaël de Guichen receives award from the King of Spain

December 4, 2015

Gaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROMGaël de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM, received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from His Majesty the King of Spain on 2 December at a ceremony in Seville, Spain.

This annual award recognizes individuals for their outstanding service in developing and disseminating art and culture or for the conservation of national heritage. Continue reading…


ICCROM Council Member wins prestigious conservation award

September 30, 2015

Nieves ValentinNieves Valentin, an ICCROM council member since 2013, has been awarded the Spanish National Prize for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage 2015, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

The jury stressed her significant contribution to the management of cultural heritage through innovative protocols in the field of preventive conservation and pest control, as well as for her innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions. Nieves Valentin developed a non-toxic treatment for controlling deterioration in museum and document collections, which has since been adopted by many institutions around the globe.

Nieves, who holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, was responsible for creating the first Spanish Laboratory on Biodeterioration Analysis in addition to the Microfilming bibliographic heritage laboratory. She has worked in both national and international research organizations on the conservation of organic collections and in the development of non-toxic methods for people, historic objects and the environment. Currently, she is involved in research projects related to air quality control and the use of natural plant extracts for biodeterioration control as a contribution to green museums.

She also teaches graduate level courses in several universities and institutions in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

ICCROM wishes to congratulate her for this prestigious award.


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…