Designing for Research Impact

August 29, 2017

Research is a communicative process.  Its value is enhanced through knowledge exchange and incorporation into practice. Though impact has always been the primary motivation for research, designing research that generates impact beyond academia is not straightforward. It takes time, commitment, and a supportive working environment.

To explore the issue of heritage science impact and how this can be strengthened, ICCROM coordinated a workshop on 20 June at the 3rd International Conference for Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), held on 19-20 June 2017 at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

The workshop focused on current aspirations for inclusive research design and how to put them into practice.  It was structured in two parts: a panel discussion that brought together key research stakeholders from within and beyond the heritage science sector, and a group work exercise. A central point of reference was the generation of non-academic impact.

The sessions focused on what makes research impactful and how that is achieved. It also explored issues of diversity and the building of strong collaborative partnerships beyond academia for heritage research and preservation. Continue reading…


Link Campus University and Stirling University

July 13, 2017

Prof Vincenzo Scotti, Prof Richard OramOn 12 July, Prof Vincenzo Scotti of the Università degli Studi Link Campus University, Rome, brought a delegation to visit ICCROM that included Prof Richard Oram, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Stirling University, UK, and other colleagues from Italy and Malta.

They were welcomed by the Director-General, Prof Stefano De Caro, and by Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services.  They also visited the 2017 Summer School in course at ICCROM, guided by Katriina Similä, Project Manager, Collections Unit.

Member States represented – Italy, Malta, United Kingdom


Prince Charles visits the ICCROM-ATHAR Centre

November 11, 2016

Prince Charles visits the ICCROM-ATHAR CentreOn 8 November, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, as part of an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, paid a visit to the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah.  He was accompanied on this visit by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. 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…


Communication and teaching skills

July 20, 2015

International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science
13 – 24 July 2015. Rome, Italy

The second edition of the International Summer School on Communication and Teaching skills in Conservation and Science began on 15 July at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome. This two-week training session has brought together professionals from a variety of countries and backgrounds to explore the potential of different didactic approaches, approaches to learning about conservation and science, and revisiting existing practices. Learning is taking place through interactive sessions both in the classroom and around Rome. Continue reading…


New Intern: Emily Williams

July 16, 2015

Emily WilliamsICCROM welcomes Emily Williams from United Kingdom and Italy. She will be with us until the end of September.

Emily obtained her bachelor’s degree in conservation from Camberwell College of Art before receiving a  postgraduate diploma in Art History from Courtauld Institute of Art and a Master of Arts in conservation from University College London. She is currently undertaking a two-year Masters of Science in conservation at UCL where she has gained a deeper understanding of materials science and conservation treatments. Previous experiences include internships in the paper conservation departments at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. As part of her ongoing studies, she will be starting a placement in the organics conservation department at the British Museum this fall.

During her internship at ICCROM, Emily will be working in the archives conducting a condition assessment of the photographic collection and re-housing part of the collection’s lantern slides

Member State represented: United Kingdom and Italy


Measuring the impact of heritage science

July 15, 2015

ICCROM Forum follow up: Think-tank meeting Evaluating the Outcomes of Heritage Science

How to measure impact? Where to start?

Grupo photoDemonstrating impact is a high priority in many fields – especially those which rely on effective fundraising and public support for survival – and in recent years there has been increasing activity in this area with regard to culture and cultural heritage. However, while there is growing recognition of the importance  of evaluating outcomes and impact, at the same time there are widespread difficulties in establishing common frameworks, language and methods. In other words, although it is easy to see the merits of the exercise, it remains difficult to apply in practice.

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New intern: Jessica Edwards

June 26, 2015

Jessica EdwardsICCROM welcomes Jessica Edwards from the United Kingdom. Jessica holds a BA in Theology from the University of Oxford and has extensive experience in the television industry, tailoring products for different cultural audiences. She is currently working towards her MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage at the American University of Rome (AUR). As part of her plan of research studies, and within the framework of an agreement between ICCROM and the AUR, Jessica’s curricular internship will be hosted at ICCROM this summer.

As an intern for the Office of the Director-General, Jessica will carry out research for the project “ICCROM New Building & Exhibition”, drawing on the experience of the “Fundraising for Cultural Heritage projects” module of the AUR Master, taught by Dr Peter Gould. She will also work on finalizing the “Italy’s Cultural Heritage Fundraising Tools” (2013) research report, carried out by Invitalia in collaboration with ICCROM. Both Projects will contribute to the research for her Master’s Thesis on cultural heritage fundraising and philanthropy in Italy.

Member State represented: United Kingdom


Oral History for Cultural Heritage Preservation

May 28, 2015

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Group picture of the participants of the Oral History course offered by ATHAR in SharjahUnder the Patronage of HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, and in collaboration with UCL-Qatar, a one-week introductory training course on Oral History for Cultural Heritage Preservation concluded at the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE. This course is part of a short course series titled “Informed Conservation”, aimed at professionals who are looking to expand their working knowledge and experience in the fields of cultural heritage conservation.

This one-week course aimed at building the capacity of conservation professionals in the Arab region in the field of oral history, in order to examine the role of oral history as evidence of cultural heritage. The course explored the “how” and “why” personal narratives of the past are constructed, and demonstrated how interviews are to be conducted and analyzed to help inform decisions for cultural heritage preservation. The fourteen participants that took part in the course include site managers, archaeologists, architects, museum specialists and collections curators. 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…