Peter Rockwell Donation

October 11, 2017

Peter Rockwell DonationIn September 2017, Mr Peter Rockwell, noted sculptor and specialist in historic stone carving techniques, made a significant donation of books and photographic documentation to the ICCROM Library and Archive. These materials were gifted on the occasion of Rockwell’s return to the United States after over five decades of residence in Rome. They are intended by Rockwell to support the research of ICCROM’s community of conservation scholars and professionals.

The book donation consists of approximately five linear meters of publications in English, Italian, and German that constitute a useful reference collection on stone working techniques, documentation of stone work, particularly in Europe and South Asia (Pakistan and India), as well as art history reference works. These books will be publicly available for researchers in the Library. Continue reading…


ARCHNET

June 8, 2017

Dr Sharon C Smith, Program Head, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) visited ICCROMOn 7 June, ICCROM received the visit of Dr Sharon C Smith, Program Head, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

In attendance: Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services, and Chadi Abi Faraj, Communications Officer, Web.

Member State represented: United States


Ezra B. W. Zubrow, University at Buffalo

May 17, 2017

Ezra B. W. Zubrow, University at BuffaloOn 17 May, the Director-General received the visit of Ezra B. W. Zubrow, Professor of Anthropology, University at Buffalo & Toronto.

Member States represented: Canada and United States


RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US support

February 16, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US supportThe US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, has awarded a grant of $116,000 to launch RE-ORG Nigeria in a partnership between ICCROM, the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant was for one of 39 projects selected from 136 submissions from around the world. It is one of six projects selected from Africa.

The RE-ORG method helps museums around the world to regain control of their collections in storage, where it is difficult or impossible to circulate in 25% of cases. Since 2011, the method has been used in museums on every continent, in close partnership with national institutions and other technical and funding partners. Continue reading…


IES Abroad – Italy

November 3, 2016

DSC_0121On 3 November, a group of American students from IES Abroad – Italy visited ICCROM. Alison Heritage, Conservation Research Specialist of the Collections Unit gave them a tour of the Laboratory.

Member State represented: United States


World Heritage Leadership Project signed with IUCN

September 7, 2016

World Heritage Leadership Project signed with IUCN

ICCROM has signed a six-year partnership project – World Heritage Leadership – with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, United States.  Made possible with generous funding from Norway, the partnership project marks new steps to improve nature-culture conservation practice carried out through the World Heritage Convention, and aims to support the contribution of World Heritage sites to sustainable development.

World Heritage Leadership aims to build the skills of practitioners working through the World Heritage Convention.  It takes into account the totality of conservation practice, so that World Heritage can provide leadership to achieve innovation and excellence within the conservation sector. This focus beyond World Heritage marks a new approach to the long-standing partnership between ICCROM and IUCN, two advisory bodies on cultural and natural World Heritage respectively. Continue reading…


Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 20, 2016

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

The economic losses from disasters are now reaching an average of US$250 to US$300 billion each year, according to the Global Assessment Report of 2015 – a resource for analyzing and understanding disaster risk globally, today and in the future. Conflicts are equally devastating – in 2014, 42 500 people were displaced by violence and con­flict every day. (Refer to the  report of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Gap) Continue reading…


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…