CollAsia 2014: Conservation of Metals In Southeast Asian Collections

March 3, 2014

Course Announcement

When: 2-14 June 2014

Where: National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh


Metal collections are a significant part of the Southeast Asian heritage. Important metal objects can be found in different kind of contexts, including museums, religious sites and communities. The workshop aims at strengthening understanding of the characteristics and behaviour of metal objects, so as to promote sound conservation practices. Continue reading…

Cultural heritage: a basic human need

February 25, 2014

Sada Mire at TEDx Euston

Sada Mire is a Somalian archaeologist. She lived the first fifteen years of her life in Mogadishu, until 1991, when she settled in Sweden, as a result of the conflict in north-east Africa. She is founder and executive director of the Horn Heritage Organization. In her talk she demonstrates how culture is inseparable with the world around us and how communities can be enriched by it.

Sada participated in our inaugural course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict in 2011. She is also spearheading a project in partnership with ICCROM, the Swiss Government and CyArk on the digital recording of rock art in Somaliland.

Discovering the secrets of Japanese paper conservation

February 20, 2014

japanese paper

Paper conservator, Emma Le Cornu, blogs on the Kew Botanical Gardens website about her experience on ICCROM’s course on the Conservation of Japanese Paper.

For three weeks in August and September 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the International Course on the Conservation of Japanese Paper in Tokyo, Japan. This annual course is organized by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and hosted by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, in Tokyo….Read more here.

World Heritage Capacity Building Newsletter No.4

February 18, 2014

The fourth issue of the World Heritage Capacity Building newsletter is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.

This newsletter is the result of a joint collaboration between the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention – ICCROM, IUCN and ICOMOS – as part of the World Heritage Capacity Building Programme.

It highlights some of the activities of the programme of the past year and it also showcases a selection of activities of various UNESCO Category 2 Centres and other partners around the world: their capacity building activities, as well as community outreach initiatives.

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CollAsia on the Move!

February 14, 2014


In 2003 ICCROM and SEAMEO-SPAFA launched the CollAsia 2010 programme to improve conservation conditions of Southeast Asian collections. From its inception until 2011, 355 heritage professionals were mobilized in the region through the programme, and over 145 institutions involved in one or more CollAsia activities through the participation of their professionals. Continue reading…