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.

Rapid assessment for Mural Paintings at Risk: Workshop starts in Bagan, MyanmarThe current ICCROM workshop aims to develop a system to document the priorities visually, together with the local team. This system will collect the local team’s knowledge and support the development of a plan of action for future conservation initiatives in Bagan, communicating these concrete needs to the Myanmar Government and other relevant institutions.

The workshop is led by ICCROM consultant Monica Martelli Castaldi, who reports:

“The participants are enthusiastic and resourceful in exploring better ways to efficiently map and protect their heritage. The knowledge each carries regarding the site is unique, and essential to the overall understanding of Bagan and its conservation challenges.”

This workshop is undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology, Myanmar, and generously supported by the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA).

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International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage


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.


For most museums around the world, caring for – and ensuring the accessibility of – collections in storage is a major challenge. Small museums are particularly vulnerable, because of their limited resources and access to expertise. On the other hand, small museums are resourceful, well connected, and powerful voices in their community. This makes them very influential and ideally positioned to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of collections and their sustainable use. After all, most museums in your country are small.

Reconnecting with Collections in Storage The RE-ORG ExperienceIn 2011, ICCROM and UNESCO created “RE-ORG” (www.re-org.info), a step-by-step holistic approach to help small museums reorganize their storage areas. Five years later, RE-ORG has been visited nearly 80,000 times and 13 RE-ORG training projects have been implemented in 9 countries all over the world. In addition, national institutes such as the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Belgium, the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in Canada and the Central Institute for Conservation in Belgrade (CIK) have taken on the responsibility of guiding museums in their respective countries through the application of the RE-ORG methodology. A strong professional community that possesses the skills and experience to address this challenge is growing worldwide. Museums are rediscovering collections in storage and are launching initiatives to allow their community to reconnect with their heritage.

In September 2016, the participants of RE-ORG Belgium will have completed their reorganization projects and will convene to share their results. This is an opportunity to invite professionals from around the world to take part in this exchange of experiences.

Description of the Seminar

Reconnecting with Collections in Storage The RE-ORG ExperienceThis seminar will feature presentations by the participating museums of the RE-ORG Belgium initiative, as well as of the other RE-ORG projects worldwide. The talks will focus on collections of various types and sizes. We will discuss different practical solutions for when space is limited, when objects are scattered, when storage furniture can be reused or adapted. Special emphasis will be placed on the meaningful outcomes of reorganized storage for communities and on the various ways in which these projects were communicated to the public. The program will include a poster session, videos and special guided tours in some newly reorganized museum storage facilities in the Brussels area.

How to Register

To register for the seminar, please fill in this form. Payment information will follow with the registration confirmation.

With your registration, we kindly ask you to contribute to RE-ORG Collection Storage Tips & Tricks, a growing resource for cost-effective storage ideas. Send a photo of the most creative, inventive and innovative storage solution you have come across. For example, this could be an idea for a storage unit or housing that is adapted to non-standard objects or spaces, or a custom solution for a space problem. Include a caption for your image that describes what it is and the problem it addresses (one to two sentences). Often, simple, low-cost ideas that use locally available materials are the best.

Note: If the image is not your own, ensure that you have obtained all necessary permissions from the copyright owner before sending it. By sending your picture, you agree for us to share it on RE-ORG Collection Storage Tips & Tricks.

Organising Committee

Marjolijn Debulpaep, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Head of preventive conservation

Catherine Antomarchi, ICCROM, Unit director, Collections unit

Isabelle Verger, ICCROM, Collections unit, Administrative assistant

Simon Lambert, Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), Preservation Services, Preservation development advisor

Additional Information

Please contact Marjolijn Debulpaep (KIK-IRPA) if you require additional information: marjolijn.debulpaep@kikirpa.be

Application deadline – 10 August 2016

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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…

ICCROM‘s Council President Appointed to a Prestigious Museum Post in France

June 13, 2016

Marie Lavandier - ICCROM ‘s Council President Appointed to a Prestigious Museum Post in FranceThe President of the Council of ICCROM, Marie Lavandier, has been named Director of Louvre-Lens – the northern branch of France’s renowned cultural institution. Ms Lavandier, an art historian and conservation specialist, currently heads the Museum of Nice in southern France.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Mrs Lavandier on her appointment to this new prestigious role.  It is a sign of recognition for her professional excellence as well as her devotion to conservation issues, which she has also demonstrated at ICCROM,” said Stefano de Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General.

Mrs Lavandier’s distinguished career includes a number of senior positions in France’s cultural sector. She has published extensively on cultural and conservation issues.  Mrs Lavandier replaces Xavier Dectot at the helm of the Louvre-Lens, becoming the second Director of the Museum since its establishment in 2012 .

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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…

Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations, at risk

June 1, 2016

Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations at riskSuakin, a city in north-eastern Sudan, is a site of outstanding historical significance and a crucial Red Sea port since Egyptian times.  The city is situated on the pilgrimage routes of both Muslims and Christians: it was a main transhipment point for the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and also connected Africa to Jerusalem for Christian communities who wanted to visit the Holy Sepulchre. Continue reading…

CollAsia Course – Conserving Textiles and Costumes, Guatemala

May 27, 2016


Conserving Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asian Collections


Dates: 24 October – 11 November 2016

Place: Antigua, Guatemala



Textiles and costumes are a vibrant part of the heritage collections in Southeast Asia. They attest to sophisticated traditional knowledge systems and complex worldwide trade relations, and have been intimately linked to issues of identity through time. Both historical collections and living heritage communities are custodians of ethnic, religious, military, historic and other collections of textiles and costumes. A shared understanding of material characteristics, manufacturing techniques, design elements, past and current uses, and accompanying social practices are the basis of sound conservation strategies. Continue reading…

Operations Officer (Budget and Finance, Human Resources and Procurement)

May 26, 2016

ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre (Sharjah, UAE)

Deadline (Midnight Rome Time): 17 June 2016
Reference Number: INT/2016-265/02


ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Rome, Italy. Founded by UNESCO in 1956, it is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote and improve the conservation practice of all types of cultural heritage through training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy. ICCROM through its Regional Centre (ICCROM-ATHAR Conservation Centre in Sharjah) has been extensively engaged in training and advocacy activities in the Arab Region. 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…