Rapid Assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk in Bagan, Myanmar

June 27, 2016

Workshop starts in Bagan, Myanmar

Rapid assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk: Workshop starts in Bagan, MyanmarA ten-day ICCROM workshop on “Rapid assessment methods for mural paintings in Bagan, Myanmar” (21 June – 01 July 2016) has recently started. The workshop began with a brief review of the achievements and progress made since the previous ICCROM workshop undertaken in Bagan in June 2014.

The sheer scale of the site of Bagan, which is renowned for its extraordinary wealth of heritage, presents a number of key conservation challenges. With more than 2 500 temples and monuments containing exquisite but highly vulnerable wall paintings and decorative stucco, a simple and fast method is needed to establish the site’s conservation priorities through rapid and efficient assessment of the level of damage and vulnerability of the temples and their mural paintings. Continue reading…

Sculpture Exhibit – Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Japan

July 27, 2016

Visit coincides with first-time exhibit in Italy, “Masterworks of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture”


Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General, has received the visit of Mr Ryohei Miyata, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sport, Science and Culture. The aim of their meeting is to strengthen the longstanding collaboration and partnership between Japan and ICCROM. Japan has been a Member State of ICCROM since 1967 and is the second largest contributor to the organization.

On the occasion of the meeting, Dr De Caro said, “It is a pleasure to reaffirm the collaboration with our Japanese colleagues at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. The relationship with Japan is vital for ICCROM, as it enables and supports a wide range of activities, both internationally and regionally. The upcoming International courses and workshops on Conservation of Japanese Paper (JPC) and on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation, and the Regional Course on Archaeological Sites and Remains, all to be held in Japan this September, are just a few examples of the strong support ICCROM receives from Member State Japan.”

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Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 22, 2016


Athar course announcement

Dates: 4 – 27 October 2016

Place: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Course Partners

  • ICCROM, through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE
  • Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Background and Aims

In response to political upheavals and the subsequent need for emergency preparedness in the Arab region, ICCROM-ATHAR offers this course on “Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.” It is designed for heritage and other relevant professionals in the Arab region, and provides tools that support risk management before, during, and after a crisis.

The course is based on the achievements, success and experiences acquired in a series of international courses on “First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis” developed by ICCROM since 2010, first with emphasis on conflict situations and then addressing other types of complex emergencies.

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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)

In addition, conflicts and disasters have led to large-scale social disruptions along with cultural losses, as witnessed in Haiti, Nepal, and the ongoing crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. While prevention and preparedness remain key elements in reducing the impacts of conflicts and extreme nature events on cultural heritage, capacity for responding to and coping with such events needs to be enhanced.

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of CrisisICCROM, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, has developed a framework for containing damage to cultural heritage during complex emergencies. Since 2015 the two organizations, supported by a number of national and international institutions, have organized two international courses on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC). The training introduces methods and tools for assessing damage, documenting and stabilizing different types of heritage during large scale and multi-layered emergencies. The aim is to develop a professional body of practice and to prepare coordination experts who can be rapidly deployed to protect cultural heritage in emergency situations.

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of CrisisThe 2016 edition of the FAC course was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC from 2 to 29 June.  Twenty-one professionals from 17 countries participated in the course. This five-week immersive training course combined lectures, group work, debates and emergency simulations. Post training, participants are committed to replicate the training and/or implement and promote projects for cultural first aid and rescue in their respective countries. A selected number of such projects will be funded by the Cultural Emergency Response Programme of the Prince Claus Fund, located in the Netherlands, and which has been a partner of ICCROM since 2011.

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LATAM Newsletter abril-junio 2016 now out

July 14, 2016

ICCROM-Boletin-LATAM_abril-Download: Boletín LATAM abril-junio 2016

The aim of the LATAM Newsletter is to give the opportunity to conservation professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean to share their research and professional experiences throughout the region using the LATAM network.

Would you like to contribute to the next Newsletter? Contact us below.

El objetivo de LATAM Newsletter es ofrecer una plataforma a los profesionales de América Latina y el Caribe para compartir sus investigaciones y experiencias profesionales en la región, a través de la red de LATAM.

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Course – World Heritage Monitoring at Summer Palace, China

July 6, 2016

World Heritage Monitoring at Summer Palace, ChinaThe Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China opened on 21 June 2016 at the Summer Palace World Heritage Site, Beijing, China. The course is organized by ICCROM together with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH) at the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH).  The course goal is to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China and abroad.

This course is a follow up to the successful course on “Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented by ICCROM in 2011 at the invitation of SACH. Continue reading…

Cultural heritage: building a future of peace

June 28, 2016

Stefano De Caro: “Conservation of cultural heritage is important to building a future of peace”

Stefano De CaroThis year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of ICCROM.  In 1956, a mere 11 years after World War II and while many European cities still lay in ruins, the Ninth Session of the UNESCO General Conference in New Delhi decided to create the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). However, the seed idea for an international entity devoted to heritage conservation is much older. Already in in the 1930s, there was a lively global debate between scholars, scientists, restorers and conservators in which the worlds of science, museums and arts exchanged ideas on how to safeguard humanity’s common cultural treasures. Continue reading…

International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage

June 27, 2016



Reconnecting with Collections in Storage The RE-ORG ExperienceDates: 28-29 September 2016 (starting time on the 28th is 9:00)

Location: Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium

Language: English

Registration: Only 60 places available!

Register as soon as possible!

(Application deadline – 10 August 2016)

Cost: € 50 (regular price); € 30 (student price – proof of enrollment required). Included: lunches and morning and afternoon tea breaks on the 28th and 29th, as well as an evening reception on the 28th. Continue reading…

Regional Course – Promoting People-Centred Approaches

June 20, 2016


Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture

Promoting People-Centred Approaches
Promoting People-Centred Approaches

Dates: 4 – 13 October 2016

Place: Lake Ohrid region (Albania/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)



This course is aimed primarily at Albanian and Macedonian experts from partner institutions working on the UNESCO-EU project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Albania. However, the opportunity is also provided to participants in the region who demonstrate that they are in the process of engaging communities in heritage management and that they wish to share their experience and strengthen their approaches. The course follows the model of the first course on ‘Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture’ implemented in October 2015.

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ICCROM and Africa

June 15, 2016

ICCROM and Africa -  Arusha, TanzaniaICCROM has participated in a series of conferences and seminars on African heritage over the months of May and June 2016. These events, which took place in Tanzania and South Africa, have served as an occasion for ICCROM to reflect on its longstanding engagement in Africa, to strengthen links to its network of African professionals, and to renew its strategic commitment to the region, a commitment which builds on past successes such as the PREMA and AFRICA 2009 programmes.

In Arusha, Tanzania from 31 May – 4 June 2016, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized a conference entitled “World Heritage: Driver of Sustainable Development” in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania on the conservation and sustainable development of World Heritage in Africa. The event was opened on 31 May by the Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania. Continue reading…