The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage has become a core feature of modern conflicts and a tactic of war. In this scenario, safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage is becoming increasingly urgent and imperative. At stake is people’s very identity – their sense of being, their culture, history, collective memory and future legacy.
When heritage is at risk of being erased from memory, documentation plays a fundamental role. It provides a testament of those sites and objects of major significance to a community, and also guides any future actions on that heritage. Continue reading…
Dr Abdallah Hamad Muhareb, Director General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), passed away on Thurs 4 May. He was 71 years old.
Of Kuwaiti nationality, Dr Muhareb received his doctorate at Cairo University in 1987. After a distinguished career as a cultural diplomat in various settings including at the Embassy of Kuwait in Egypt, Dr Muhareb was elected to the post of ALECSO Director-General in 2012. He began his mandate in 2013 and was extended for a second mandate into 2017.
Dr Muhareb was a good friend and partner to ICCROM, establishing solid work relations with two ICCROM Directors-General, Stefano De Caro and Mounir Bouchenaki. During his mandate at ALECSO, Dr Muhareb strongly promoted ALECSO’s collaboration with ICCROM and its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre on capacity building activities to strengthen capacities of official heritage institutions in the Arab region. Continue reading…
On 9 and 10 May, a series of events will be held at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome. The series, entitled “Wooden architecture: learning from ancestors, keeping for posterity, teaching our contemporaries,” has been organized by the Kizhi State Museum, an open-air venue devoted to history, architecture and ethnography.
The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest museums in Russia. The museum complex includes more than 80 wooden architecture monuments. The gem of this collection is the architectural complex of Kizhi Pogost, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Experts at this museum have accumulated significant experience in the field of conservation and restoration of wooden architecture. In order to spread the knowledge gained, the Museum has founded the Training Center for the Conservation of Monuments of Wooden Architecture and started the UNESCO Chair for the Study and the Protection of Wooden Architecture. Continue reading…
60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO for the establishment of ICCROM on Italian territory
The 27th of April marks the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status of ICCROM on the Italian territory. This signing ceremony took place in Paris on 27 April 1957.
The speech of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Amintore Fanfani, supported Italy’s adhesion to the Statute, and the ratification of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status ICCROM on the Italian territory.
The document underlines the relevance for Italy to host the organization at that time, in 1958.
ICCROM joins the Cambodian people and all lovers of heritage in mourning the loss of the Cambodian Vice Prime Minister Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, who died on 15 March 2017. He was 67 years old.
HE Sok An, as a high government figure, played an active and dynamic role in the management and conservation of cultural heritage in his own country and at an international level. Cambodian heritage is exceptional, and Sok An reflected this in his strong commitment to it over the years.
As President of the APSARA Authority, responsible for the management of the World Heritage property of Angkor, Sok An attended all sessions of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) from 2004 up until February 2017, when he was absent due to ill health. He ensured that decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning Angkor were always given the necessary attention, and played a key role in the protection, conservation and sustainable development of the site. He was also active in efforts to inscribe the Temple of Preah Vihear on the World Heritage List, which met with success in July 2008. Continue reading…
In the Asia and the Pacific region there are various forms of cultural heritage, including wooden structures, which are of great value from a global point of view. In order to safeguard this important cultural heritage for future generations, it is necessary for heritage professionals to carry out proper investigation, analysis and preservation. ACCU Nara Office, in partnership with ICCROM and Bunkacho has been organizing training courses since 2000 on this topic, with a view to building the capacities of professionals who have been involved in cultural heritage protection in the Asia and the Pacific region. This training course aims to provide participants with the latest methods and techniques for investigation, preservation, restoration and management of wooden structures. Continue reading…
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.
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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.
Heritage Conservation is an evolving practice, and one of the current debates focuses on identifying and recovering the connections between the nature and culture sectors. This exchange has become instrumental for the interpretation, conservation and sustainable management of both natural and cultural heritage sites.
The purpose of the Capacity Building Workshops on Nature-Culture Linkages in Asia and the Pacific (CBWNCL) is to contribute to the World Heritage Capacity Building Programme led by ICCROM and IUCN, in consultation with ICOMOS and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in developing new approaches towards integrated conservation of cultural and natural heritage. These workshops began in 2016 and explore nature-culture linkages with a focus on theory and practice in Asia and the Pacific Region. The visit to Japanese heritage sites forms a core component of the programme, where participants conduct practical work. Participants will be able to understand issues and explore approaches being adopted in the field. Continue reading…
Introduction to Documentation and Conservation of Built Heritage in the Arab Region
Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR) is offering an introductory course programme composed of five course modules on: “Introduction to Documentation and Conservation of Built Heritage in the Arab Region”. This programme focuses on the professional development of those institutions and individuals whose task it is to look after cultural heritage. These one-week training modules will address the following areas:
Introduction to Architectural Documentation for Built Heritage
Introduction to Conservation of Stone and Mortar
Introduction to Structural Conservation
Principles of Conservation in the Management of Historic Sites
Introduction to Conservation of Earthen Architecture
ICCROM-ATHAR is committed to the safeguarding of cultural heritage in the Arab region, for the benefit of local societies, individual countries and the region as a whole through the dissemination of the best practices in heritage conservation and management.
** Attendance on three of the five modules is mandatory in order to obtain the course certificate for this introductive course programme of ICCROM-ATHAR.
Module fees for the three modules will be of 1600 US Dollars.
If you wish to participate in more than the three required modules, please indicate this request on the application form.Continue reading…