Results of Louvre-Lens Symposium

February 8, 2017

 

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

Post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities, Louvre-Lens Museum, 20 – 21 January 2017

Results of Louvre-Lens Symposium A special symposium on post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities, organized by ICCROM, the Louvre-Lens Museum and the Institut du monde arabe in Tourcoing, was held in Lens, France on 20 – 21 January 2017.

Over the course of the two-day symposium, experts gathered to discuss the various actions of international organizations for post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities.  They presented the state of theoretical developments in this field, and discussed several case studies in Europe and the Middle East in order to draw potentially relevant lessons for the future. Continue reading…


Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

January 10, 2017

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

Press release

THURSDAY 19 to SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017 – SPECIAL EVENT AT THE LOUVRE-LENS MUSEUM

Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities
Aleppo, the Omeyyad Mosque, 2013 ©UNESCO / Ron Van Oers

Saving and Reconstructing Heritage

At a time when significant archaeological treasures in the Middle East are threatened by tragic current events, the Louvre-Lens Museum is hosting a special event from 19 – 21 January on the theme of endangered heritage.  Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, will give a lecture on protecting cultural heritage in areas affected by armed conflict. Marie Lavandier, Director of the Louvre-Lens Museum and President of the ICCROM Council, will lead an international symposium on post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities. Continue reading…


Libyan and international experts increase efforts to protect Libyan cultural heritage

May 12, 2016

Martin Kobler closes the International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage

Practical actions to engage civil society, municipalities, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit traffic.

Libya_results1The International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage ended today in Tunis.

The three-day workshop sought to identify practical actions to engage civil society, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit trafficking through projects designed to safeguard the country’s shared cultural assets.

The meeting was organized by the Libyan Department of Antiquities, the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with the support of the United States Embassy to Libya in Tunis. Continue reading…


Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage

May 6, 2016

International Experts Gather in Tunis to Discuss Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage The Libyan Department of Antiquities in partnership with international experts, and the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), will meet in Tunis from 9-11 May.  Their common goal is to discuss and develop a comprehensive action plan which will include concrete steps, benchmarks, and mechanisms to engage the civil society in the protection of Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites threatened by conflict and plunder.  The meeting will also explore ways of fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society through projects designed to protect the country’s shared cultural assets.

Participants will include various Libyan stakeholders representing heritage sites, historic cities, and civil society representatives, along with US, Italian, French and UK diplomatic missions in Libya. The gathering will also include a number of international organizations such as Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) the World Bank and others. Continue reading…


Awards for conservation projects in the Arab world

April 15, 2016

Press Release

Under the Patronage of H.H. Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-ATHAR presents awards for the best conservation projects in the Arab world and announces next year’s ICCROM-ATHAR Award.

Athar award

His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has inaugurated an exhibition highlighting the most prominent heritage conservation projects in the Arab world. The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR) hosted an opening ceremony in the presence and under the patronage of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, alongside an exhibition aiming to draw public attention to issues relevant to heritage conservation. This event comes at a time of escalating destruction to cultural properties due to ongoing crises.

The project exhibition is being held at the Heart of Sharjah as part of the Sharjah Heritage Days activities. Entitled “Best Conservation Practices in the Arab World,” this exhibition brings to the forefront conservation work accomplished in the fields of museums and urban heritage sites in the Arab region.  In the exhibition, selected photos and posters present the impact of conservation projects both socially and economically. Another exhibition entitled “Highlights from Cultural Heritage in the Arab World” showcases the collections granted to the Centre by its Arab Member States. These two exhibitions are held in partnership with Sharjah Heritage Institution.

ICCROM for its part has announced the launch of the annual ICCROM-ATHAR award for best conservation practices. This effort falls into the organization’s dedication to promote the field of cultural heritage conservation.

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President of Council at Sharjah Events

April 8, 2016

Award ceremony for “Best Practices for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World, SharjahMarie Lavandier, President of Council, addressed His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday in order to thank him for support given to conservation of cultural heritage in the Arab region through the Sharjah-based ICCROM-ATHAR (Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region) Regional Conservation Centre.

Mme Lavandier’s speech took place at the award ceremony for “Best Practices for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World,” an annual ICCROM-ATHAR prize which coincides with the start of the Sharjah Heritage Days.  During the ceremony, 13 projects from 10 countries were honoured with prizes for excellence.

In her address, Mme Lavandier noted the five areas of action where ICCROM-ATHAR activity has produced favourable results: capacity building and education; dissemination of knowledge; policy development; specific restoration projects in the region; and public outreach to target audiences including schools.

She expressed profound gratitude to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his “vision, inspiration and commitment to a brighter future for the Arab culture.”

Also in attendance were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of the Centre, and Sophy Janowski, Chief Management Officer, ICCROM.

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ICCROM Experts Called In to Restore an Ancient Temple

February 29, 2016

UAE Brings in ICCROM’s Experts to Save an Ancient TempleConservators, architects, scientists and archaeologists have joined forces this month to restore an ancient temple dating roughly two millennia, from complete destruction. The Ad-Dour Temple, discovered by archaeologists in the desert sands of Umm Al-Quwain in the 1980s, is the subject of a unique conservation project that is breaking ground both in the United Arab Emirates and in the rest of the region.

With the aim of conserving and promoting the cultural heritage and identity of the United Arab Emirates, a basis of cooperation was established between the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA), Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Umm Al-Quwain’s Department of Antiquities and Heritage, and ICCROM, through its regional conservation centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR).  Sharjah’s Institute for Heritage has also been supporting the project by providing much needed materials.

Launched on 1 February 2016 as the result of a scientific study jointly conducted by the project’s partners, ICCROM-ATHAR is responsible for the supervision and execution of the restoration works, and is making use of its exceptional network of cultural heritage professionals. Continue reading…


Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean

February 10, 2016

Participants of the MOSAIKON partner meeting in Venice, January 2016Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.

The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.

The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. Continue reading…


ICCROM holds a Training of Trainers Course for Heritage in Libya and Yemen

November 10, 2015

ICCROM holds a Training of Trainers Course on Risk Preparedness and Management for Movable and Immovable Cultural Heritage in Libya and Yemen

Group photo

The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre organised, in collaboration with the UNESCO Cairo Office and the Institute National du Patrimoine in Tunisia, an activity titled “Training of Trainers: Preventive Conservation and Risk Preparedness for Movable and Immovable Cultural Heritage”. This seven-day course took place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 29 October to 5 November 2015.

Building on ICCROM’s previous experience in providing capacity building in the area of preventive conservation, risk mitigation, documentation and first aid to cultural heritage, especially in emergency situations, this course aimed at enhancing professionals’ ability to cope with emergencies by effectively managing threats to cultural heritage. This was a follow-up activity to the ICCROM-ATHAR Building Risk Preparedness and Management of National Capacities for Libyan Professionals course which took place in Djerba, Tunisia, from 9 to 15 June 2015. Continue reading…


ICCROM-ATHAR Agreement Renewed

October 14, 2015

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and ICCROM's Director-General, Stefano De Caro On 11 October, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah met with ICCROM Director-General, Dr. Stefano De Caro in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The objective was to discuss programmes and plans being implemented in the Arab region through the recently-established ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. Established in 2012 by the ICCROM and the Government of Sharjah, ICCROM-ATHAR focuses on architectural and archaeological tangible heritage in the region including heritage collections, rich and varied historic places, sites and monuments.

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