Libyan and international experts increase efforts to protect Libyan cultural heritage

May 12, 2016

Martin Kobler closes the International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage

Practical actions to engage civil society, municipalities, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit traffic.

Libya_results1The International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage ended today in Tunis.

The three-day workshop sought to identify practical actions to engage civil society, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit trafficking through projects designed to safeguard the country’s shared cultural assets.

The meeting was organized by the Libyan Department of Antiquities, the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with the support of the United States Embassy to Libya in Tunis. Continue reading…

CollAsia Exhibition 2016

May 20, 2016

Muzium Padi Kedah, Malaysia

COLLASIA EXHIBITION 2016In conjunction with the International Museum Day 2016 celebrations, a CollAsia exhibition booth was set up at the Muzium Padi in Kedah, Malaysia.

Organized by CollAsia alumni in Malaysia in collaboration with the Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM), the exhibition aims at spreading the core messages of the CollAsia programme, while engaging Malaysian heritage professionals in this regional and international collaboration.

Thirty three museums and other heritage organizations from Malaysia and beyond participated in the Museum Day 2016 event.  Each booth represented in a unique way the different institutional approaches to this year’s theme of “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Represented among the participants were the Sarawak State Museum, which hosted the last CollAsia workshop on “Packing, Handling and Moving Collections” in 2015, and the Thaksin University of Thailand. Continue reading…

Seminar: Cultural Heritage and Development Initiatives

May 19, 2016

A Challenge or a contribution to sustainability

Cultural Heritage and Development InitiativesFrom 25 to 27 May, an international seminar entitled “Cultural Heritage and Development Initiatives: a challenge or a contribution to sustainability?” will be held at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.  The seminar focuses on the relationship between archaeology, landscape protection and development initiatives.  It is organized by UNESCO together with the World Bank and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, will speak at the seminar, and will also moderate a panel entitled “Cultural Heritage as a vector for sustainable development.” The seminar will feature a range of speakers and international experts who will discuss ways to balance modernization efforts with the preservation of cultural values. Continue reading…

Conservation of Built Heritage Course (CBH16) closes

May 6, 2016

International Course on Conservation of Built HeritageOn Friday 29 April, the sixth international course on Conservation of Built Heritage came to successful conclusion with a ceremony that took place at ICCROM.  On this occasion, the participants were presented with their certificates.

Over eight weeks, 17 participants from 17 countries made ICCROM their home. They exchanged diverse experiences and worked together to broaden their perspectives and gain new knowledge in the world of built heritage conservation and management. Over 30 resource persons from ICCROM and from different parts of the world were involved in teaching and sharing their experiences through intensive weeks of lectures, group work, discussions and site visits. Continue reading…

Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage

International Experts Gather in Tunis to Discuss Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage The Libyan Department of Antiquities in partnership with international experts, and the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), will meet in Tunis from 9-11 May.  Their common goal is to discuss and develop a comprehensive action plan which will include concrete steps, benchmarks, and mechanisms to engage the civil society in the protection of Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites threatened by conflict and plunder.  The meeting will also explore ways of fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society through projects designed to protect the country’s shared cultural assets.

Participants will include various Libyan stakeholders representing heritage sites, historic cities, and civil society representatives, along with US, Italian, French and UK diplomatic missions in Libya. The gathering will also include a number of international organizations such as Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) the World Bank and others.

Organized by ICCROM in coordination with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), this important conference on Libya’s cultural heritage is due in large part to the generous support of the United States Embassy to Libya, resident in Tunis.

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LATAM Course on Stone Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis

May 5, 2016


Course on Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis - Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico

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Dates: 10 – 22 October 2016

Place: Archaeological Site of Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico



In 2010, an agreement was signed by ICCROM and INAH for collaboration in the LATAM Programme for conservation of cultural heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within this context, a series of activities have been carried out, focusing on stone heritage conservation. Continue reading…

Culture in Crisis Forum at Yale University

May 4, 2016

Culture in Crisis Forum at Yale University

Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General, participated in the eighth Global Colloquium of University Presidents, hosted by Yale University and President Peter Salovey on 12-13 April 2016.  He also took part in the Culture in Crisis satellite event convened on 11 April.

The Culture in Crisis event was led by Dr Stefan Simon, Director of Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) and former ICCROM Council Member. The event gathered stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss present-day dangers to cultural heritage, especially as regards the current dramatic situation in the Middle East and North Africa region, but also in sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide. Continue reading…

E-RIHS: A new heritage research infrastructure

April 26, 2016


The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) is a pan-European project aiming to support research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management.  The project will provide state-of-the-art tools and services to interdisciplinary research communities that advance understanding and preservation of global heritage.

Launched last March in Amsterdam, E-RIHS has been accepted into the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) 2016 Roadmap, with the goal of spurring social and cultural innovation.  Currently 18 European countries are signatories to E-RIHS as founding members, ten additional countries are identified as potential supporting members, and 80 research institutions are engaged in the network.  Expansion of E-RIHS to institutions beyond Europe is foreseen.  The process is to be developed over the next five years.

ICCROM has been invited to contribute to E-RIHS by promoting global outreach of the E-RIHS network via ICCROM’s Member States, devising strategic partnerships at international and intergovernmental levels to enhance this network, and favouring measurement of sector statistics and performance indicators.

E-RIHS will address both cultural and natural heritage – collections, buildings, archaeological sites, digital and intangible heritage – and will devise open knowledge systems to facilitate global collaboration.  Using its tools, research communities will have access to distributed infrastructures in a coordinated and streamlined way, in order to advance their heritage science research through an integrated approach. Amongst its services, E-RIHS will provide access to a wide range of cutting-edge scientific infrastructures, methodologies, data and tools.  It will also provide training in the use of these tools, a platform for public engagement, and access to repositories for standardized data storage, analysis and interpretation.

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ICCROM and Nepal: from response to resilience

April 25, 2016

Nepal - reconstruction of damaged cultural heritage sites “Nepal’s resilience stems from its unique cultural heritage,” said Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, as he honoured the memory of victims on the anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake which devastated a large part of the country on 25 April 2015, one year ago.

One month after the earthquake, ICCROM formed an international alliance of partners including ICOMOS-ICORP, ICOM, Smithsonian Institution and Prince Claus Fund to assist the Department of Archaeology and UNESCO Kathmandu Office in assessing damage and enhancing its capacity for stabilizing over 600 cultural sites and collections.

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Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting with the East

April 22, 2016


Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting with the East

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Dates: 9 to 25 November 2016

Place: Mexico City, Mexico


Over the past 25 years, interest in traditional Japanese paper conservation methods has grown within the paper conservation community in Latin America, Portugal and Spain. A primary focus has been on understanding Japanese techniques, materials and tools. This knowledge was mostly acquired by conservation professionals who attended the Japanese Paper Conservation Course in Japan, jointly organized by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM, or through small workshops taught by colleagues who had studied abroad and were in contact with Japanese professionals.

Experience has shown the importance of a thorough understanding of materials and tools, as well as the correct application of Japanese paper conservation techniques before these can be successfully applied to the conservation of Latin American paper-based collections and adapted to the Latin American context.

For these reasons, the CNCPC-INAH, the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Japan and ICCROM have for four consecutive years offered the “International Course on Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting the East”.  Considering the number of applications and the great interest shown by participants in the preceding years, combined with the need to expand and consolidate knowledge in this field, the course will be offered once again, for the fifth year, with the generous contribution of INAH and the Japanese National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan.

Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting with the EastThe course

  • The purpose of this course is to convey fundamental concepts concerning Japanese materials and techniques used for paper conservation, and to improve participant understanding of the basic characteristics of the Japanese paper making and conservation tradition.
  • The course also aims to bridge between Japanese and Western paper conservation traditions, and to explore the applicability of the Japanese approach, materials and techniques to non-Japanese cultural heritage, with particular reference to Latin American paper-based cultural heritage.
  • Finally, the course promotes the exchange of experiences and information on paper conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The course is an intensive two and a half week programme that combines theory and practice, through lectures and practical work. A high level of participant interaction is encouraged throughout the course.

The international course is open to a maximum of 9 participants working in Latin America and the Caribbean. Consideration will also be given to candidates working in Spain and Portugal. At least five years of working experience in paper conservation is required. Preference will be given to candidates who are working in an institution and are also involved in training activities, or who lead conservation teams.

Teaching team
The teaching team will include both Japanese and Latin American instructors from leading institutions.

Working language: Spanish

Course fee: No course fee

The selected participants will receive a scholarship covering accommodation. Candidates are encouraged to seek financial support from all possible sources, such as governmental institutions, employers, and other funding agencies to cover their travel expenses as well as per diems for their daily expenses.

Please use the application form and send it by email to: latam.mexico.papel(at)

Application deadline: 27 June 2016