Prioritizing Preservation using the Risk Management Approach

March 22, 2017

A Guide to Risk Management of Cultural Heritage Two new online publications by ICCROM and CCI

In today’s world, cultural heritage institutions must strive to be accountable, transparent and participatory, spending resources effectively while balancing needs of the community with those of the future.

A risk management approach will enable your organization to identify and manage risks to cultural assets, so you can make smarter decisions about their preservation, access and use.

By investigating risk management in other fields such as health and finance, and thanks to over a decade of international training and case studies, ICCROM and CCI have developed and refined an innovative methodology now available for free download in two complementary publications:

The ABC Method – A risk management approach to the preservation of cultural heritage

This manual offers a comprehensive understanding of risk management applied to the preservation of heritage assets, whether collections, buildings or sites. It provides a step-by-step procedure and a variety of tools to guide the heritage professional in applying the ABC method to their own context. The method can be applied to a range of situations, from analysis of a single risk to a comprehensive risk assessment of the entire heritage asset.

A Guide to Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

This guide is an abridged version of The ABC Method. It explains the ABC Method using many images, basic examples and simple exercises. It has been designed to introduce the risk-based approach to decision makers and to promote its use by heritage professionals and a younger generation of conservators.

Risks occur in many forms, ranging from the rare and catastrophic to daily and easily observable threats. Adopting a risk management approach will help you to find the priorities for preventive conservation by enabling you to

  • establish a comprehensive view of all risks
  • identify priorities among different risks or to choose cost effective options to address them
  • build reliable documentation for future review and monitoring
  • foster reflection on the values of cultural heritage and how they will be affected
  • encourage teamwork and participation, incorporating scientific knowledge with institutional memory and the knowledge of those who care for the heritage at stake
  • communicate effectively with decision makers

Dive into the comprehensive manual available also in French, or start with the introductory guide in either English or Arabic!

For questions and further assistance, write us at collections@iccrom.org.


Giovanni Carbonara – Winner of the 2017 ICCROM Award

March 15, 2017

Giovanni Carbonara – Winner of the 2017 ICCROM AwardICCROM has the pleasure to announce the winner of the 2017 ICCROM Award, Prof Giovanni Carbonara, emeritus Director (1995 – 2013) of the Post-Graduate School for the Study and Restoration of Monuments at La Sapienza University of Rome.  Formal endorsement of the Award will take place on the occasion of ICCROM’s 30th General Assembly (29 November – 1 December 2017).

Giovanni Carbonara has been engaged with ICCROM for nearly 50 years, from the time of his involvement as course participant on the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) in 1968.  He has collaborated on teaching and training activities as well as contributing to conferences and publications. As full professor at La Sapienza since 1980, he has taken part in intensive academic and cultural exchanges. His work with ICCROM, which formed part of the educational programs, consisted of organizational activities and collaboration on the restoration courses at ICCROM, related to the subjects included in the curriculum of the Post Graduate School for the Study and Restoration of Monuments. Continue reading…


SOIMA networks for world’s audiovisual heritage

SOIMA networks for world’s audiovisual heritageCall for International Collaboration to Build Capacity for Safeguarding World’s Audiovisual Heritage

ICCROM’s SOIMA (Sound and Image Collections Conservation) programme was invited to participate in the International Audiovisual Archival Training Summit, organized by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, France on 8 March 2017.  Aparna Tandon, ICCROM’s Project Manager for SOIMA, met with members of leading institutions in the audiovisual field to identify prospective partners for the SOIMA programme and to discover future collaborative capacity-building opportunities.

The audiovisual experts in attendance made plans to develop an overview of shared resources for audiovisual archives, define a set of common principles for cross-institutional collaboration, gather best practices for capacity building, and create a common scholarship fund for all institutions present. Continue reading…


Agreement signed between ICCROM and SUPSI

March 13, 2017

A recommendation on collections in storage

On 31 January 2017, ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, signed an agreement with the Swiss university programme SUPSI (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, or University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland). Signing the agreement on behalf of SUPSI were its Chairman of the Board, Alberto Petruzzella, and the Director of SUPSI, Franco Gervasoni.

The agreement has the specific goal of forging a partnership between ICCROM and SUPSI, aimed at making use of each other’s expertise and facilities for conducting educational activities and research, not only in the field of conservation and restoration, but also for preventive conservation and techniques for managing museum collections. Continue reading…


Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

March 9, 2017

Course Announcement

Disaster Risk Management of Cultural HeritageTwelfth  International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

Date: 28 August to 16 September, 2017

Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Kumano, Japan

Application deadline: 5 April 2017

Organized by:

Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP & ICOM

Supported by: Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH)



Sub theme of ITC2017

Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters

Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, the Nepal earthquake in 2015, the Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. These disasters not only affect the immovable heritage components such as monuments, archaeological sites and historic urban areas but also cause damage to the movable components that include museum collections and heritage objects that are in active use, such as religious and other artefacts of significance to the local community. Continue reading…


20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17

March 7, 2017

20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17

Dates:  9 October – 8 December 2017

Place: Mexico City and Chicanná (Campeche), Mexico

Partners

20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17Background

In many regions of the world, stone was historically the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. Accordingly, the conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments present challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. In addition to these factors, the decline in traditional building techniques, craft practices and repair methods is also threatening our ability to sustain stone structures and objects into the future. These conservation issues require a multidisciplinary approach that involves professionals, craftspeople, policy makers and owners.

The International Course on Stone Conservation was created in 1976.  Nineteen courses have successfully been conducted between then and 2009 in Venice, and since 2011 it has been held biennially in Rome. The new course which will be held in Mexico reflects advances in practice, science, and technology, including the integration of practical methodologies for stone conservation on sites, buildings and structures. Continue reading…


Palmyra sculptures restored in Italy now returned to Syria

March 6, 2017

Palmyra busts restored in Italy now returned to SyriaTwo damaged sculptural busts from Palmyra, dating to the 2nd or 3rd century AD, were sent home from Rome to Syria on Monday 27 February. After being treated in Italy, the busts were returned to the National Museum of Damascus, accompanied by two representatives of the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).

New technologies, including laser scans and 3D printing, played a key role in the reconstruction of these sculptures.

ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, commented: “This restoration and partial reconstruction of ancient objects is a striking case – it made use of fills in modern materials, while ensuring these were reversible. Even if on a small scale, this is an innovative example of how to address severely damaged antiquities.”

The busts, called the “war-wounded of Palmyra” by former Rome mayor Francesco Rutelli, had been badly smashed with hammers by insurgents. Rutelli arranged for the busts’ arrival in Italy and their subsequent restoration through his association entitled Incontro di Civiltà (Encounter of Civilizations), negotiating the objects’ transfer through contacts with the Syrian DGAM and members of the opposition. The two busts were featured in a UNESCO-sponsored exhibit called “Rising from Destruction” curated by Rutelli and held at the Colosseum in Rome through 16 December 2016. Continue reading…


Africa Programme Director

February 24, 2017

VACANCY ANNOUCEMENT – JOB DESCPRIPTION

(Starting date May 2017)

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental agency which receives its funding from 135 Member States as well as private foundations, corporations and individuals. ICCROM deals with cultural heritage conservation issues, including World Heritage, disaster risk management, sustainable development, and integrated approaches to conservation of cultural and natural heritage. ICCROM uses its unparalleled global network in training and other technical cooperation programmes worldwide.

Over the past 30 years, ICCROM has designed and implemented pioneering programmes for heritage conservation for museums and sites in Africa. ICCROM Strategy 2018-2023 sets ambitious targets for further expanding ICCROM’s role in Africa through training, research and policy formulation.  This will entail implementation and delivery of practical conservation training and technical cooperation projects in partnerships with African institutions, UNESCO and others.

In the context of these specific goals, ICCROM intends to appoint an Africa Programme Director who will lead the development of fresh approaches, bringing innovation to ICCROM’s involvement in the conservation of the heritage in Africa.

The successful candidate will bring substantial experience in leading successful strategy design and planning, and will also possess a good understanding of cultural heritage issues in Africa. S/he will be a credible interlocutor with partners in the design of the strategy and high-impact projects and initiatives. A skilled communicator and leader, the Africa Programme Director will be highly effective in a multicultural context. Continue reading…


RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US support

February 16, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US supportThe US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, has awarded a grant of $116,000 to launch RE-ORG Nigeria in a partnership between ICCROM, the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant was for one of 39 projects selected from 136 submissions from around the world. It is one of six projects selected from Africa.

The RE-ORG method helps museums around the world to regain control of their collections in storage, where it is difficult or impossible to circulate in 25% of cases. Since 2011, the method has been used in museums on every continent, in close partnership with national institutions and other technical and funding partners. Continue reading…