ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquake

September 8, 2016

ICCROM supports Myanmar after the earthquakeA violent 6.8 earthquake hit central Myanmar on 24 August 2016, killing at least four people and damaging the archaeological site of Bagan.  Once the capital city of the historical Pagan Kingdom, the site of Bagan contains more than 2500 Buddhist monuments built from the 10th to 14th centuries, including temples, stupas and monasteries.

The site of Bagan is actively used for religious and cultural purposes. The monuments are greatly venerated by the population, and large numbers of pilgrims visit the site from all over Myanmar, particularly at festival times. More than 300 temples contain highly significant mural paintings.   In addition, Bagan is a main focus for Myanmar’s growing tourist industry. Continue reading…

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…

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration

September 23, 2016


Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air MuseumDates: 11 – 30 September 2017 (arrival date 10 September, departure date 1 October)

Location: Kizhi Island (11 days) and Petrozavodsk (10 days), Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation

Chief organizer:

  • Kizhi Open Air Museum


  • Petrozavodsk State University and UNESCO Chair of Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia
  • Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Background and aims:

Wooden architecture comprises a vital part of the world’s historical and cultural heritage. The fact that several countries have inscribed their wooden monuments on UNESCO World Heritage List is a testament to its importance. However, these monuments are also very fragile and vulnerable.

The conservation of wooden monuments should be carried out in tandem with the preservation of traditional carpentry techniques and use of traditional tools. At the same time, professionals in wooden architectural conservation should also know the latest preservation and restoration techniques, work with leading experts in the field of wooden architectural conservation, and study international experiences.

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air MuseumThe Russian North is a treasury of wooden architecture. More than 1 300 wooden monuments have been preserved on the territory of the Republic of Karelia alone. A unique tradition of vernacular wood construction has been highly developed and preserved there, and rich experience in wooden architectural conservation has been gathered.

The main part of the course on “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” will be held in the largest open air museum of Russia, the Kizhi museum, whose collection includes 83 wooden architectural monuments. The mainstay of the museum collection is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kizhi Pogost. Currently, the Kizhi Open Air Museum is carrying out the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration, built in 1714. This work is being carried out with the help of unique technologies that have been customized according to the complicated configuration of the structure. The exceptional quality of the restoration works has been acknowledged by ICOMOS and UNESCO international experts, who have recommended that this experience be shared with a wider audience in Russia and the world.

This course will include other study visits to wooden architecture sites in Karelia, as well as lectures and practical sessions that place emphasis on traditional carpentry techniques.

Course goal and objectives:  

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air MuseumThe overall goal of this course is to improve professional knowledge and prepare the participants for the practical work of preserving wooden architectural monuments in their countries. In particular, the objectives are to:

  • introduce the features of Russian wooden architecture and carpentry traditions
  • train wooden architecture monitoring and maintenance techniques
  • provide knowledge and practical skills for traditional and modern wooden architecture restoration techniques.


The course is an intensive program that combines theoretical and practical sessions, as well as participation in the restoration projects underway at the Kizhi Open Air Museum. There will also be visits to the most interesting wooden architectural monuments in Karelia.

Participant profile:

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air MuseumThe course is for professionals in the field of wooden architectural conservation and restoration who have at least 3 years of practical experience.  Specialized education is desirable.

Teaching team:

Classes will be conducted by experts of the Kizhi museum. In addition, professionals coming from educational, scientific and restoration organizations in Russia and elsewhere will lend their expertise in the area of wooden architectural monitoring, conservation and restoration.

Working languages: English, Russian


  1. Participants will receive certificates of completion.
  2. The total course programme consists of 144 hours (4 ECTS), including practical and theoretical classes, presentations of the programme participants, independent work with educational materials and preparation for a final exam. A written test is held in the end of the course. In case of successful completion of the test, a participant is entitled to four credits in accordance with the university program of the additional professional education.

Students may be admitted to the exam and awarded with certificates only if they attended all the classes.

Course fee:

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air Museum60 000 rubles. The course fee includes training as well as all program transfers.

Additional expenses:

  • travel expenses to and from Petrozavodsk
  • accommodation expenses in Petrozavodsk and Kizhi island
  • meal expenses.

For details, please contact the course coordinators.


Please fill out the application form and send it by email to international@kizhi.karelia.ru .


The application must be accompanied by the following documentation:

Professional curriculum vitae showing all relevant data.

Cover letter describing course significance and relevance for the applicant.


Application deadline: 10 May 2017 (4 months before the course start date)


We welcome all questions by email.

Letters concerning organizational issues should be sent in English or Russian to the following address: international@kizhi.karelia.ru

Contact persons – Olga Titova, Ksenia Kuznetsova


Preliminary program for the ICCROM course “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration”


Kizhi State Open Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography

Kizhi Pogost – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Materials and Technology Programme

International Course on Wood Conservation Technology

Italy Earthquake’s Other Casualty – Cultural Heritage

September 9, 2016

Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquakeAs rescue teams wind up their efforts to find survivors of a devastating 6.2 earthquake that shook central Italy last month with loss of 296 lives, another concern emerges – the fate of hundreds of historic buildings destroyed or damaged in the quake. Italy’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, reported at least 293 cultural heritage sites damaged in the seismic area.

The Carabinieri Corps for the Protection of Cultural Heritage has listed more than 50 historic sites seriously damaged or destroyed during the earthquake – mainly small village churches, icons of rural identity and centres of life in the villages and towns struck by the earthquake. Continue reading…

Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquake

September 8, 2016

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Crowdmap for heritage in the Italy earthquake

A series of devastating earthquakes struck Central Italy on 24 August 2016, causing loss of 296 lives.   The initial 6.2 and 5.5 magnitude quakes, along with aftershocks as high as 4.5 magnitude, caused destruction and severe damage to the mountain villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and other historic towns in the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo. Quake-related damage has been reported throughout the region.

ICCROM has collaborated with CHIEF – Cultural Heritage International Emergency Force, and with CESMAR7 – Centro per lo Studio dei Materiali per il Restauro, to create the Centro Crisis Culturale Crowdmap. Continue reading…

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…

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

September 1, 2016

Japanese Paper Conservation course begins

The 2016 edition of the JPC-Japanese Paper Conservation course was inaugurated in Tokyo on 29 August.  This highly specialised three-week event will be held from 29 August – 16 September 2016.

The course has been organised once a year since 1992, in collaboration between the Japanese heritage authorities at National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and ICCROM.  This year’s edition brings together ten professionals from around the world.  For the first time, colleagues from Bhutan, Croatia and Iceland are joining the course. Continue reading…

Earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar

August 25, 2016

Following the earthquakes that struck the ancient mountain towns and villages of Lazio, Umbria and Marche in Central Italy and the historic site of Bagan in Myanmar on 24 August, the Director-General and staff of ICCROM wish to extend their condolences to the governments and people of these countries.

ICCROM is deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage to these historic areas. It wishes to express its solidarity to the communities affected, to those engaged in first aid and civil protection activities, and to those responsible for cultural heritage in these regions.

Library now offering new online resources

August 19, 2016

View of Library reading room and online catalogueThe Library has recently carried out a series of innovations that provide a much wider range of research resources in heritage conservation.  Some resources are accessible to our Rome-based Library visitors, while others are available to all our virtual users, no matter where they are in the world.

We have just upgraded to a new version of the Library Catalogue, which features an attractive new design and a New Acquisitions link.  In addition to providing a search screen for the ICCROM Library holdings, the catalogue interface links to online resources, both conservation-related and of general interest to the field, that give access to hundreds of thousands of online documents.

These links include the popular Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the UNESDOC portal, the Europeana portal  of digitized European heritage, ICOMOS Open Archive with over 1000 documents, the Getty Research Portal with over 100 000 scanned titles, OpenDOAR which links to over 3000 academic Open Access repositories, and many more. Access to multilingual texts is ensured through sites such as the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) with its bilingual English-French resources,  HAL Archives Ouvertes and OCIM with their resources in French, ILAM Docs with its resources in Spanish, DAR at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt with full-text resources in Arabic, and much more.  We invite you to explore! Continue reading…

International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage

August 12, 2016

Deadline extended to 15 September

Special price until 31 August!


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: Now more than 150 places available! Register as soon as possible at http://org.kikirpa.be/RE-ORGBelgium2015/form.php

New registration deadline: 15 September 2016

Registration cost:

Before 31 August 2016: € 50 (regular price); € 30 (student price – proof of enrollment required).

After 31 August 2016: € 100 (regular price); € 80 (student price – proof of enrollment required).

Cost: Included: lunches and morning and afternoon tea breaks on the 28th and 29th, as well as an evening reception on the 28th.

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Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICA

August 4, 2016

Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICAOn 12 July 2016 in Istanbul, a framework agreement was signed between ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, and IRCICA (Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture).

The agreement was signed by ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, and IRCICA’s Director-General, Dr Halit Eren.  Also present at the signing were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, and Dr Amir Pasic, Director of Architecture Department, IRCICA. Continue reading…