The ICCROM Award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to ICCROM’s development, and/or who have special merit in the field of conservation, protection and restoration of cultural heritage. The Council members nominate and vote for one winner of the Award in each biennium. By tradition, and following the Council’s decisions, the Award is presented on the occasion of ICCROM’s General Assembly. It consists of a small bronze sculpture called “Conservation” by the sculptor Peter Rockwell which is presented to the winner by the Director-General, accompanied by an official laudatio (text in recognition of merit) read by the person who has nominated the winner, or by a person appointed by the Director-General.
The ICCROM Award was granted for the first time in 1979. That year an exception was made and eleven persons received it, as a sign of gratitude for their efforts in the creation and development of ICCROM during its first 20 years of existence.
ICCROM Award recipients (by year):