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…


Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICA

August 4, 2016

Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICAOn 12 July 2016 in Istanbul, a framework agreement was signed between ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, and IRCICA (Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture).

The agreement was signed by ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, and IRCICA’s Director-General, Dr Halit Eren.  Also present at the signing were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, and Dr Amir Pasic, Director of Architecture Department, IRCICA. Continue reading…


Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

May 4, 2016

a group of students from the Laboratory and Stone Masonry Training Programme, Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality visited ICCROMOn 4 May a group of students from the Laboratory and Stone Masonry Training Programme, Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, visited ICCROM.

a group of students from the Laboratory and Stone Masonry Training Programme, Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, visited ICCROMThey were welcomed by the Director-General Stefano De Caro. Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communications Services gave them a presentation on ICCROM.

Member State represented: Turkey


Istanbul University

April 20, 2016

A group of students from Istanbul University visited ICCROMOn 20 April a group of students from Istanbul University, Department of Conservation and Restoration of Artefacts, visited ICCROM. Aparna Tandon, Project Specialist, Collections Unit, gave a presentation.

Member State represented: Turkey


The 6th Course on Conservation of Built Heritage starts

March 10, 2016

CBH16 posterICCROM is pleased to announce the commencement of the sixth course on Conservation of Built Heritage (CBH16) on 4 March 2016 in Rome.  The course will last until 29 April 2016.

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…

Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean

February 10, 2016

Participants of the MOSAIKON partner meeting in Venice, January 2016Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.

The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.

The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. Continue reading…


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…


International Academy of Rome

March 11, 2015

visit of a group of the International Academy of RomeOn 11 March, a group of students from IAR (International Academy of Rome), the Roman branch campus of the University of Bahcecehir, Istanbul, visited ICCROM. They were accompanied by Professor Hicran Topcu, former ICCROM Fellow.

They were welcomed by the Director-General Stefano De Caro. Gamini Wijesuriya, Project Manager, Sites Unit gave a presentation and Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services gave them a tour of the library.

Member State represented: Turkey


New Fellow: Sibel Yildirim Esen

January 12, 2015

Sibel Yildirim EsenICCROM is pleased to welcome Sibel Yildirim Esen from Turkey. She will undertake a fellowship until the end of September. Sibel is a Culture and Tourism Expert at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in Ankara. She holds a PhD in Restoration in Architecture from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her PhD dissertation focused on “Risk Assessment of Archeological Heritage at Territorial Scale.” She also holds a Master of Science in Restoration and a Master of Architecture from the same university.

While at ICCROM, she will be carrying out her research on “A Practical Guide to Risk Assessment of Archaeological Heritage”.

Member State represented: Turkey


Visiting Researcher: Nevra Ertürk

March 14, 2014

Nevra Ertürk visiting researcherMs Nevra Ertürk, from Turkey will be at ICCROM until early July to carry out her Postdoctoral research on ‘Developing Standards for the Reorganization of Museum Storage Areas in Turkey and Storage Management’.

Nevra holds a Bachelor in Classical Archaeology from Istanbul University, a Master in Museum Studies from Yildiz Technical University and a PhD in Architectural History and Theory, also from Yildiz Technical University. Continue reading…