International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
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Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, theft, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Typhoon in West Japan in 2018, Earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Kumamoto in Japan, Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, Nepal earthquake in 2015, UK floods in 2015, Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

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Heritage collections bear testimony to our diversity, ingenuity, and history. They are a powerful resource for education, fostering creativity, social coherence, and well-being. It is our job to use and conserve them in the best possible way to achieve these goals.

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Japanese paper is internationally recognized as a superior conservation material. It is also the support material used in Japanese artworks found in many collections worldwide. However, outside of Japan, it is difficult to gain in-depth, holistic knowledge and experience in traditional conservation techniques dealing with Japanese paper. The JPC course offers a unique opportunity for overseas professionals to bridge this gap. In addition, it provides opportunities to create links between Japanese and Western paper conservation, and to encourage the application of Japanese conservation approaches, materials and techniques to non-Japanese cultural heritage.

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Tired of teaching conservation and science the same way all the time? Looking for new ways to inspire your students, and innovative learning activities? Interested in meeting up with other teachers from around the world, to discuss common issues and share ideas?

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The Russian North is a treasury of wooden architecture. The unique tradition of vernacular wood construction has been highly developed and preserved there, and rich experience in wooden architecture conservation has been accumulated. The main part of the course “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” will be held in the largest open air museum of Russia, the Kizhi museum, the collection of which includes 83 wooden architecture monuments. The basis of the museum collection is the UNESCO WHS Kizhi Pogost (XVIII- XIX cc.).

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Photographic and Archival Collections cover historical, artistic and identity-building values transformation over time, recorded through a huge amount of documents.

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The course is organized by ICCROM, ICM and CACH on the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China and around the world. In addition to a group of Chinese participants, an international group of participants will be selected by ICCROM. This course is a follow up to three successful courses on “Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented 2011, 2016 and 2017 on the invitation of SACH.

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The course will consist of an overview of key concepts and processes of the World Heritage Convention. It will introduce participants to the protection, management and monitoring processes for World Heritage properties and also provide an opportunity to learn how the Advisory Bodies prepare the State of Conservation reports presented to the World Heritage Committee each year. The participants will be guided through the evaluation processes of the Advisory Bodies and their recommendations. Various field trips to heritage sites in the vicinity will be conducted to provide knowledge for field evaluation and monitoring mission procedures.

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While the number of collections and museums are growing exponentially, a 2010 ICCROM survey indicated that 60% of collections world-wide are at risk because of overcrowding and poor storage conditions. In this situation, museums can neither ensure the protection of their assets, nor use them for research or education.

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The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has observed that many activities such as tourism, infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to the land use being undertaken in and around World Heritage sites may have negative impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).