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

The two-week training workshop is part of the project "Preventive conservation and enhancement of the collections of the Manjakamiadana Palace at the Palace of Andafiavaratra" conducted by UNESCO at the request of the Ministry of Communication and Culture of Madagascar and funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Japan.

On the occasion of ICCROM’s upcoming Eighth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC), to take place Rome later this year, an informal meeting was held on 29 May to celebrate the long-lasting partnership between ICCROM and its Italian partners.

Michael Albert Petzet, former President of ICOMOS Germany from 1988 to 2008 and of ICOMOS International from 1999 to 2012, has passed away. He was 86 years old.

The National Museum of Contemporary History in Ljubljana has hosted RE-ORG Slovenia, organized by ICOM Slovenia. The first part of the training programme took place from 22-24 May 2019.

The anticipated innovations include active and intelligent display cases, storage crates and archival boxes to improve exhibition, storage and transport conditions for museum, archives, libraries and private collections. To provide critical guidance for the project please take this survey and share your experience.

Fire is a major hazard affecting cultural heritage assets around the world. Although it may seem a ‘rare event’ from a single institution’s perspective, large fires can become routine when considering the total heritage of a nation. Furthermore, their impact is typically catastrophic, causing total or almost total loss in the affected cultural property.

From 10 February to 21 February 2019, ICCROM-Sharjah and its project partners conducted two workshops on Education and Museum Management in Khartoum for the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) in Sudan, funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport.

Mosaics heritage is increasingly threatened by modern construction, looting and lack of qualified personnel to carry out much needed conservation and maintenance work. To address this need, a five-week international training course for the conservation of in-situ mosaics was held from 26 March to 26 April 2019, at the ancient site of Byblos, Lebanon. The training event, which included six DGA Lebanon employees and six government employees from Libya, Jordan and Palestine, was developed to enhance the capacity of national authorities responsible for archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa to conserve their mosaic heritage. The event was carried out jointly by ICCROM, the Directorate General of Antiquities of Lebanon (DGA), and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

As part of the “Community Museums of Western Sudan” conservation and rehabilitation project for museums in Omdurman, El Obeid and Nyala, ICCROM has conducted a series of workshops entitled “Enhancing the Social and Cultural Role of Community Museums.” The project “Community Museums of Western Sudan” is funded by the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, United Kingdom. Project partners include the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums in Sudan (NCAM), the Centre for Heritage Studies, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and Mallinson Architects.

This year marks 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), who in response to observing the natural world is believed to have written, “there is no such thing as waste.” The by-product of one industry should become the starting point for another. His words are eerily pertinent for framing an understanding of sustainable consumption and production in the modern world.