ICCROM hosts bilateral Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminar

June 21, 2017

Myanmar-Italy meeting and seminarOn the occasion of the visit to Rome of Prime Minister of the Yangon Region, Mr U Phyo Min Thein, and following the request of the ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME Association, ICCROM hosted a seminar on 21 June on “Integrated Conservation of Urban Heritage and Inclusive and Intelligent Cities: possible synergies between Italy and Myanmar, the Yangon Laboratory.”

The Yangon Region, former capital of Myanmar, is at the center of a rapid urbanization process causing serious problems of real estate speculation. In the next 10 years the city is expected to reach a population of over 11 million people. This is a very serious threat to the city’s important architectural heritage dating back to the period of British colonization. It is the intention of the Burmese authorities to launch a policy for museums and optimal use of cultural sites that will support the development of tourism. Local and national institutions must address a series of important political, social and financial challenges to launch a strategic plan for change management that combines urban planning, development and conservation, while avoiding the pitfalls and heavy-handed errors of other countries in the Asian region. Continue reading…

Josef Riederer (1939-2017)

June 20, 2017

Josef Riederer (1939-2017)Josef Riederer, one of the most eminent heritage scientists of his generation, passed away on 3 June following a brief illness.

Having graduated in geology from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich in 1962, Riederer obtained his PhD two years later. He began his work in the field of cultural heritage conservation in 1967 at the Doerner Institute with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in Munich.

In 1973, Riederer was given the enormous task of revitalizing the world’s first and oldest conservation science laboratory at the National Museums in Berlin.  This laboratory was established in 1888 but had fallen into disarray after the Second World War. A generous grant from the Stiftung Volkswagenwerk enabled the laboratory to carry out archaeometric research and so close the knowledge gap that had formed between the National Museums and similar institutions elsewhere.

Josef Riederer planed and implemented this new research entity, then known as the Rathgen Research Laboratory for the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.  He was nominated as its third Director in 1974, following the footsteps of Friedrich Rathgen, the first Director from 1888 to 1928, and of Carl Brittner, its second Director from 1928 to 1948. Continue reading…

Library and Document Delivery Clerk

June 16, 2017

Position and Grade: Library and Document Delivery Clerk, Library – G-1/2

Organizational Unit: Knowledge and Communication Services

Duty Station: Rome, Italy

Type and Duration of Appointment:   Fixed-term, 1 year contract with possibility of extension

Application Deadline:  7 July 2017

Post Description

Under the managerial supervision of the Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services and Chief Librarian, and in collaboration with other staff members of the Knowledge and Communication Services, the Library and Document Delivery Clerk performs a variety of clerical and customer-service related duties of a routine nature in accordance with standard procedures and clear and concise instructions.

Note:  at least 80% of incumbent’s time is to be assigned to Library work, and not more than 20% on collaboration with other departments (Bookshop etc…) . Continue reading…

Wood Conservation Technology

June 1, 2017



The 18th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT 2018)

A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood 

Wood conservation technologyThe course is divided in two main parts:

  1. On-line distance learning: 9 April – 11 May 2018
  2. Workshop in Oslo: 4 – 29 June 2018


Workshop location:

Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren – The Directorate for Cultural Heritage) Continue reading…

RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos Museum

May 30, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos MuseumOne day after an impressive celebration of the International Museum Day, Nigerian professionals from ten national and two university museums convened in Jos to participate in a two-week  RE-ORG workshop at the Jos Museum. This activity is the core element of the RE-ORG Nigeria programme, a joint initiative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the Ahmadu Bello University and ICCROM, generously funded by the Ambassador’s Funds for Cultural Preservation. Continue reading…

Promoting photographic collections – exhibition in Rome

Promoting photographic collections The ICCROM Archives is participating in two initiatives which demonstrate how photographs can become key players for culture.

On 16 May, a photographic exhibition “Alfabeto Fotografico Romano” was inaugurated at Palazzo Poli (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome. The exhibition, organized by Istituto centrale per il catalogo e la documentazione (ICCD) and Istituto centrale per la grafica, gathers a selection of significant photographs held in the archives of thirty cultural institutions based in Rome.  These institutions include foreign academies as well as ICCROM.

The exhibition is composed of photographs of Rome or collected by institutions in Rome, made by protagonists of the history of photography from its origins to our day.  The exhibition starts with the pioneers who shot and distributed Roman imagery all over Europe, and moves to travelers and explorers, portrait professionals, amateurs and photojournalists, and some contemporary authors. Photographs span from daguerreotypes dating to 1846 up to the early 2000s, and document twenty-one topics following the letters of the alphabet. Continue reading…

Italian Civil Protection and ICCROM Organize Joint Training

May 26, 2017

PROMEDHE - Italian Civil Protection WorkshopIn the immediate aftermath of a large scale emergency, the top priority is to save lives and restore communication and access to vital resources. Depending on the scale of the emergency, civil protection plays a pivotal role in the coordination of an emergency response.

Given their role as emergency responders, is it possible for national civil protection authorities to extend their roles to include the coordination of safeguarding cultural heritage during an emergency?

The Italian Department of Civil Protection, or Protezione Civile, believes so.  It has worked to secure and salvage cultural heritage affected during most of the emergencies affecting the country over the past 20 years, including the 2016-2017 earthquakes in Central Italy.

Building upon this experience, the Italian Department of Civil Protection invited ICCROM to co-host a six-day course, Specialized Training Course on the Protection of Cultural Heritage with PROMEDHE (Protecting Mediterranean Cultural Heritage During Disasters), in an initiative for the integration of the protection of cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region during emergency situations. Continue reading…

Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

May 23, 2017


Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

with special reference to China


 Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

DATES: 14-25 August 2017

PLACE: Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China


SACH- State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China

CACH- China Academy of Cultural Heritage

ICCROM- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage SitesBACKGROUND

The course is organized by ICCROM and CACH at the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China. However, the course will also be attended by international group of participants selected by ICCROM and funded by SACH. This course is a follow up to two successful courses on “Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented 2011 and 2016 at the invitation of SACH. Continue reading…

Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at risk

May 22, 2017

Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at riskThe two-day International Conference “Documenting the Heritage at Risk” has successfully concluded. The meeting was organized by the “Incontro di Civiltà” Association, chaired by Francesco Rutelli, in collaboration with ICCROM.

On Friday at Palazzo Poli and on Saturday at the Ex-Planetarium of the National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano, scholars and experts in art history, conservation and new technologies gathered from all over Europe, the United States, China and several Arab countries, as well as from UNESCO, ICCROM and major international organizations. Their discussions centered on the need to identify a universal code for cataloguing cultural assets at risk, in addition to adopting immediate commitments to intervene in war scenarios, crisis areas and environmental flash points, in order to safeguard affected heritage and to reconstruct what has been damaged or destroyed based on rigorous scientific criteria. Continue reading…

Iran strengthens its commitment to heritage

May 18, 2017

Iran strengthens its commitment to heritageIran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has announced its allocation of $2.4 million towards the conservation of sites around the world linked to Iranian heritage.

This announcement follows a recent mission to Iran by Stefano De Caro, ICCROM Director-General, to visit important heritage sites and meet with high level officials.

De Caro travelled to Iran at the invitation of Dr Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Director of ICHTO and ICCROM Council Member, who facilitated official visits to some of the nation’s most significant heritage sites and institution and organized the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The signing took place in the presence of Mrs Zahra Ahmadipour, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the ICHTO, and Mr Hadi Hamadi, Director of the Research Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR). Continue reading…