#Unite4Heritage: ICCROM and UNESCO in the UAE

February 16, 2017

#Unite4Heritage: ICCROM and UNESCO in the UAE

On 11 February 2017, the Director General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, visited the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah as part of launch for the #Unite4Heritage campaign in the United Arab Emirates.

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al-Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Court and Ruler of Sharjah, had presided over the launch ceremony for the #Unite4Heritage campaign earlier in the day at the Sharjah Fort (Al-Hisn).

The ICCROM-ATHAR event included an opening speech by Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director General, and welcome remarks by Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the Centre and by Mr Abdul-Aziz Al-Mussallam, Director of the Sharjah Heritage Institute and member of ICCROM’s Council. The event also included lectures at the theatre, an exhibition on the Centre’s activities for the Arab States, and demonstrations of first aid interventions to cultural heritage objects in times of conflicts. Continue reading…


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…


Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities

December 19, 2016

Roundtable on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities In conjunction with the exhibition “History begins in Mesopotamia” on view until 23 January 2017, and in response to current events in the Middle East, the Louvre-Lens Museum and ICCROM, through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, are organising a two-day round-table dedicated to the post-conflict reconstruction of historic cities. Continue reading…


Prince Charles visits the ICCROM-ATHAR Centre

November 11, 2016

Prince Charles visits the ICCROM-ATHAR CentreOn 8 November, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, as part of an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, paid a visit to the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah.  He was accompanied on this visit by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Continue reading…


Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICA

August 4, 2016

Framework agreement between ICCROM and IRCICAOn 12 July 2016 in Istanbul, a framework agreement was signed between ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, and IRCICA (Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture).

The agreement was signed by ICCROM’s Director-General, Dr Stefano De Caro, and IRCICA’s Director-General, Dr Halit Eren.  Also present at the signing were Dr Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the UAE, and Dr Amir Pasic, Director of Architecture Department, IRCICA. Continue reading…


Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations, at risk

June 1, 2016

Suakin – a crossroads of civilizations at riskSuakin, a city in north-eastern Sudan, is a site of outstanding historical significance and a crucial Red Sea port since Egyptian times.  The city is situated on the pilgrimage routes of both Muslims and Christians: it was a main transhipment point for the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and also connected Africa to Jerusalem for Christian communities who wanted to visit the Holy Sepulchre. 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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