A New EU Alliance for Cultural Heritage

April 7, 2017

E-RIHS LogoOn 29 – 31 March, ICCROM participated in a series of planning meetings in Florence, Italy for the E-RIHS project for heritage science in collaboration with CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and a range of other institutional partners.

E-RIHS is a pan- European distributed research infrastructure, with laboratories and research units aggregated in national nodes and regional hubs, which offers knowledge expertise and use of state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative investigation methodologies and access to scientific data. The infrastructure is organized in four main platforms: a mobile infrastructure (Molab), including portable instrumentation for in – situ (on the spot) non-invasive and non-destructive analyses, a fixed infrastructure (Fixlab), consisting of large-scale instrumentation, such as synchrotrons or accelerators, archives of data (Archlab), containing valuable and unique information hosted in museums, galleries and research institutes, and Digilab, for providing direct access to scientific data and information stored in databases, digital libraries and knowledge repositories. Continue reading…

RE-ORG in Chile, 2018!

April 5, 2017

RE-ORG in Chile in 2018On 13 March, more than 200 Chilean heritage professionals attended a public lecture given by Gaël de Guichen on Los depósitos: lugar prioritario para animar los museos  (Storage – a priority location to enliven museums) at the Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración (CNCR) in Santiago, Chile. This event marked the launch of the Chilean national RE-ORG strategy, which will be fully implemented over 2017-2019. RE-ORG Chile is an initiative of Direction of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) and CNCR.

From 13-17 March, seven conservators from CNCR and three collection managers from DIBAM participated in the RE-ORG mentor training workshop.  They learned the essentials of the RE-ORG method, along with communication and team-building skills. The workshop took place at the Museo de la Educación Gabriela Mistral where 2247 objects from the collection (including paintings, busts, didactic instruments, equipment and school furniture from the 1900s) were reorganized in three storage areas. The practical emphasis of the RE-ORG method boosts team confidence and strengthens organizational skills. The next project phase includes selecting the museums to participate in the national workshop and preparing the workshop programme and the mentoring strategy. Continue reading…

ICCROM at the G7 Culture Meetings in Florence

April 3, 2017

ICCROM at the G7 Culture Meetings in FlorenceOn 30 March, Director-General Stefano De Caro addressed the G7 Culture meetings, held in the Sala Bianca of the Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, Italy. These were the first-ever such meetings, held on the initiative of Italy’s Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini.

The meetings saw high level delegations from the G7 industrialized nations and international organizations who met to exchange views on the importance of culture to foster stable societies and ensure diversity and dialogue. They also invoked the essential role of heritage protection in a world where culture is increasingly the target of attack, destruction and illicit profiteering by non-state parties.

The day began with a series of technical sessions featuring representatives of Member State institutions responsible for managing heritage along with the main international organizations. Three sessions discussed strengths, weaknesses and suggested practices in international legislation and regulations; heritage protection procedures in the fight against illicit traffic; and the role of cultural heritage in education modules and professional training. Continue reading…

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. Continue reading…

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: 19 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


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…