International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

In the frame of a long-term national program RE-ORG Serbia, the first in the series of workshops is going to be organized in the National museum in Kraljevo (central Serbia), from 2-7 December 2019. The host museum will welcome 11 colleagues from 5 museums from the surrounding region, who will during 6 days learn how to reorganize a storage according to the RE-ORG method and apply that knowledge in reorganizing archaeological storage of the National museum in Kraljevo.

Five months after the successful RE-ORG workshop that took place in the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia (Muzej Novejše Zgodovine Slovenije) in Ljubljana, RE-ORG Slovenia moved to its second phase. From 22 to 24 October 2019, a group of 11 participants coming from seven Slovene museums met again for another RE-ORG workshop to review and implement the storage reorganization proposal that was made in May 2019, based on the RE-ORG method.

ICCROM, CCI and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation are pleased to offer the RE-ORG Method free download in two new languages, Italian and Arabic. More than 55 000 museums exist in the world, and typically 90% of their objects are in storage rooms. As collections grow, financial resources continue to dwindle, leaving museums struggling to ensure that their treasures in storage are adequately looked after and accessible

In 2017, a pilot survey of contemporary art collections in Argentinian museums was carried out by ICCROM, in collaboration with the Argentinian Ministry of Culture (Dirección Nacional de Bienes y Sitios Culturales – DNBSC). This survey forms the basis of ICCROM's 2020/2021 agenda to assess needs and improve the conservation and management of contemporary art collections at the regional level in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It is with sadness we report the death of Brigid Sullivan. Brigid was a participant on two of the courses held at ICCROM in Via San Michele in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1983 Brigid attended the Scientific Principles of Conservation course, and in 1993 the Conservation of Mural Paintings.

The Asian regional course on promoting people centred approaches to conservation of nature and culture (PNC19) is taking place in the Dambulla region in Sri Lanka. The objective of the course is to find better practices of managing cultural and natural heritage in connectivity, that would benefit both the heritage and the sustainable development needs of society. For this, diverse lectures from both Sri Lankan and international resource persons have been organized to understand the national context of Sri Lanka in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and to understand the ways how natural and cultural heritage are being protected.

Heritage collections bear testimony to our diversity, ingenuity, and history. They are a powerful resource for education which foster creativity, social cohesion and well-being. Exhibitions are a powerful tool to promote change, and their planners are the actors who can make it happen.

As part of a joint project between ICCROM and the Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield on “Community Centered Tools for Sustaining Cultural Heritage and Building Disaster Resilience”, a field trip took place in Racha-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti last summer, from 28 July to 2 August.

The Italian Chamber of Deputies gave the green light to the ratification and execution of the exchange of letters between Italy and ICCROM. This follows the approval at the Senate. MP Mirella Emiliozzi (Five Star Movement): keeping ICCROM’s headquarters in our country is of great interest and of particular relevance.

A fire, a flood, a storm surge. A hail of bullets, or an exploding projectile. Collateral and deliberate damage. All these pose an immediate threat to people and heritage, whether monumental building, tangible cultural object or intangible cultural custom. In an emergency, both life and way of life require fast-responding expertise. From Monday 11 November to Friday 06 December 2019, international experts will travel to Italy to train FAC course participants in a four-week workshop. The goal: to develop capacity and resilience in communities for the protection of cultural heritage against disasters, by training professionals from around the world in what to do before, during, and after a crisis.