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…

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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Writer/Editor – Individual Consultancy

August 11, 2016

Type: Individual Consultancy Agreement

Job: Editing and drafting the ICCROM Annual Report # 42, 2016, and Fundraising Appeal Document

Consultancy Date: September-December 2016

Deadline (Midnight Rome Time): 26 August 2016

Reference Number: INT/2016-811/03


The main objective of the consultancy is to prepare and develop a professional reader-friendly format of the ICCROM Annual Report to external audiences about ICCROM’s activities over 2016, along with a Fundraising Appeal Document.  The Annual Report will underline ICCROM’s impact, in a results-based management environment, in terms of development goals and improvements in the conservation field.  It will make a strong case for why ICCROM’s actions and objectives are worth supporting. In addition, the consultant will prepare a Fundraising Appeal Document by extracting the appropriate information from the Annual Report so as to provide an attractive document that will help ICCROM to approach potential donors. The consultant is expected to identify information from project documents and interview ICCROM staff through Skype, as well as identify appropriate photos from the ICCROM photo collection to illustrate the stories. Continue reading…

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…

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) Continue reading…

LATAM Newsletter abril-junio 2016 now out

July 14, 2016

LATAM Newsletter, April -June 2016Download: 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…