Lake Ohrid Communities to Inspire Heritage Practitioners in South-East Europe

October 6, 2016

People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Culture and Nature (PCA16) course opens in Tirana, Albania

PCA CourseAlbania’s Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 participants from seven southeast Europe countries who are meeting for the first time to discuss how communities are contributing to heritage – and how they can benefit from it. This marked the opening session of the second People-Centred Approaches course organized by ICCROM.

This short course is primarily aimed at heritage practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with stakeholder communities. Engaging communities in conservation and management processes is intended to strengthen their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making decisions for themselves and their heritage. Continue reading…

News of RE-ORG Atlantic Canada

March 30, 2016

RE-ORG Group photo, Atlantic CanadaOver a twelve-month period, from October 2015 to October 2016, six museums and galleries from the Atlantic region of Canada have been working on a storage reorganization project to improve access to their collections as part of the Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) RE-ORG: Canada Program. These museums, which are using the new RE-ORG Museum’s Workbook (available soon), are all located in the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

From 1 – 4 March 2016, ten participants gathered at the Colchester Historeum in Truro, Nova Scotia for a three-day intensive hands-on workshop, followed by a one-day conference. This event was made possible thanks to invaluable collaboration with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM)  and with the financial support of the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. 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…

New Premises for ICCROM

January 12, 2016

New ICCROM PremisesItaly’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Hon. Dario Franceschini announced last week the approval of a three-year, 300 million euro investment programme for the protection of cultural heritage, which will include a 2.5 million euro allocation of funds to complete the restoration of the Monumental Complex of San Francesco a Ripa, ICCROM’s new headquarters.

“This investment of 300 million euros on 241 interventions throughout Italy confirms how culture has returned to the centre of national politics,” said Minister Franceschini. “From art to archaeology, from libraries to archives, from museums to the excellence of restoration, there is no cultural heritage sector that is not receiving a significant boost in financial and political terms from this government”.

This commitment to ICCROM signifies the importance Italy places on international efforts for cultural heritage protection, a commitment that has grown over the past 60 years since ICCROM was established on Italian territory.

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First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Ukraine

December 17, 2015

Opishne, Ukraine, 23-25 November 2015


FAC_Ukraine_posterThe National Museum of Ukranian Pottery in Opishne recently hosted a workshop on “First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis: International Strategies for Ukraine”, an event inspired by the ICCROM First Aid (FAC) course held earlier this spring in Amsterdam in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and several local collaborators.

Using the FAC methodology and curriculum, the three-day event in Ukraine was created in response to the country’s multiple challenges and threats. The Maidan civil movement and armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have endangered hundreds of museums and heritage places. As a result, there is a crucial need to strengthen knowledge on various aspects of disaster risk management in order to devise strategies and plans to reduce risks of damage to cultural heritage. It is also vital that international policies and efforts are integrated into national and local practices and capacities are built so that communities are more resilient and able to take action in a crisis situation. Continue reading…

Italy’s Culture Minister Visits ICCROM

November 27, 2015

Hon. Dario Franceschini

On 26 November, Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, received the Honourable Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister of cultural heritage and tourism (Ministro dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, or MiBACT). Minister Franceschini’s visit to ICCROM occurs the week after his address to ICCROM’s General Assembly, on the role of Italy and the international community in preserving heritage as a means towards social development and peaceful coexistence between cultures. His address noted ICCROM’s important role in training and heritage protection, particularly in crisis-affected areas. Continue reading…

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis 2016

November 10, 2015


workshop participantsIs it possible to safeguard cultural heritage while humanitarian aid and security operations are underway? When is the right time to intervene? How could we ensure that cultural recovery becomes a force for stabilization and building back better? The training on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to provide timely response in emergency situations. The deadline for applications for the 2016 international course, First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis  in Washington DC has been extended to Monday, November 23. If you are concerned with the protection of cultural heritage from disasters and work for a cultural or humanitarian institution, the FAC 2016 course team heartily encourages you to apply!

Participants of FAC 2016 will be trained in careful emergency preparedness, and will engage in practical exercises that cultivate good decision-making skills, which are directly applicable towards protecting their cultural heritage throughout an unfolding crisis. The organizers- ICCROM and Smithsonian are recognized leaders in both heritage protection and disaster response and offer scalable and sustainable solutions to all types of heritage protection professionals and believe that immersive and focused courses yield more competent “first aiders”. Instilling a consistent and routine practice of readiness in anyone charged with safeguarding cultural heritage is the most effective means of preventing its destruction. Are you prepared? Continue reading…

RE-ORG project underway in Belgium

October 16, 2015

Royal Museums of Arts and History, Brussels, 12 to 23 October 2015

Re-Org Belgium group photoNo two RE-ORG projects are alike. Each RE-ORG team uses the same methodology, but parameters such as the type of collection (size, weight and composition), number of objects, collection growth, space availability, storage room and state of conservation are different. This therefore demonstrates the adaptability of the RE-ORG methodology to suit different needs and situations.

The RE-ORG Belgium workshop hosted by the Royal Museums of Arts and History (MRAH-KMKG) includes the case study of a unique collection of 12,000 fragile and manifold antique toys ranging from doll puppets (smallest pieces) to a horse carousel (largest piece). Participants have been presented with a significant challenge: objects are scattered in nine different spaces and must be regrouped and reorganized. Upon completion this will be the largest collection to be reorganized within a 10 day timeframe. Continue reading…