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News: September 2010

course participants in Haiti

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Haiti
23 August – 10 September 2010

21 September. A pilot ICCROM course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Haiti, held at the Cultural Recovery Centre in Port-au-Prince, was successfully concluded on Friday 10 September 2010.

This course was organized within the framework of the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, a joint project of the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Haiti. The activity was implemented in cooperation with the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Central Institute of Conservation in Belgrade.

The three-week course focused on providing first aid to endangered collections in Haiti. These collections are either still buried under the rubble or are in boxes, shipping containers, or temporary storage facilities. The course addressed issues related to the conservation of collections in the above-mentioned contexts. The topics included the identification of deterioration agents, documentation, first aid treatment, emergency preparedness and response, and creating safe storage spaces for collections.

The 26 participants, of which two were observers, represented 15 different cultural institutions of Haiti whose buildings and collections were either completely or partially damaged by the earthquake of 12 January 2010. The training provided the participants with knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • recognize materials in their collections and identify deterioration agents;
  • carry out basic documentation;
  • identify and prioritize conservation options;
  • create conditions to allow maximum protection for collections in their present location;
  • rearrange their collections to enable access;
  • work in teams and share the knowledge acquired during the course.

The course included several hands-on training sessions and practical group activities. These included salvaging the collections of the Centre d’Art, Port-au-Prince, that were buried under the rubble of its fallen building. Used as a case study, this activity was carried with the help of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

The participants were also involved in stabilizing the rest of the collections of the Centre d’Art, that had been salvaged and stored in a shipping container immediately after the earthquake by the centre's staff. This exercise involved creating a temporary but secure storage space within the Cultural Recovery Centre, and developing a workflow for stabilizing, documenting and storing collections.

During the final days of the course, participants focused on their own institutions and prepared action plans for making incremental improvements in the conservation conditions of their respective collections. Participants’ projects will be monitored by ICCROM’s partner institutions in Haiti.


  • Philippe Antoine, Fondation Culture Création
  • Colette P. Armenta, Fondation Culture Création
  • Nicodème Astrel, Archives Nationales d’Haïti
  • Camy Bellecius, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint Esprit
  • Gerta Café, Bibliothèque Nationale
  • Charly Castille, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint Esprit
  • Gerd Chéry, Bibliothèque Nationale
  • Kenrick Démesvar, Société Haïtienne d’Histoire et de Géographie
  • Lisena Deschamps, Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien
  • Marc Désir, Société Haïtienne d’Histoire et de Géographie
  • Marise Desrosiers, Centre d’Art
  • Jean Holni Germain, Archives Nationales d’Haïti
  • Norman Iméran, Haïti Jazz Club - musique
  • Reynald Jean, Archives Nationales d’Haïti
  • Mireille P. Jérôme, Ateliers Jean-René Jérôme
  • Saintony Jeudy, Radio Télévision Nationale (s) d'Haïti
  • Yolette Jeune, Radio Télévision Nationale (s) d'Haïti - films
  • Jimmy Joseph, Musée d’Art Haïtien
  • Ricardo Moreau, Haïti Jazz Club
  • John Nader, Galerie et Musée Nader
  • Joseanne Nader, Galerie et Musée Nader
  • Odile Latortue, Ateliers Jean-René Jérôme
  • Rénold Laurent, Musée d’Art Haïtien
  • Marianne Lehmann, Fondation pour la Préservation, la Valorisation et la Production d’œuvres Culturelles Haïtiennes
  • Marie Cerette Lubin, Bibliothèque Haïtienne F.I.C.
  • Rose Nirva Pinchinat, Ministère des affaires étrangères / Direction des affaires culturelles
  • Clotaire Saint-Natus, Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre- FFCA
  • Mie Erlande PL Theodas, Ministère des affaires étrangères / Direction des affaires culturelles
  • Smith Valéry, Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien
  • Yvette Villarson, Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre - FFCA

Member States represented: Haiti, Canada, Serbia, United States


updated on: 19 October, 2010