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

ICCROM, CCI and the Ibermuseums Program are pleased to offer a new RE-ORG resource kit for free download in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
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.

On 10 October 2018, ICCROM’s Director General, Webber Ndoro, and Gaël de Guichen signed an agreement for the donation of Mr. de Guichen’s archive to ICCROM. The aim is to ensure both conservation and access to researchers of these valuable records.

The 2018 edition of the International Course on Japanese Paper Conservation (JPC) was held from 29 August to 17 September in Tokyo, Japan. This highly specialized, three-week event brought together ten heritage professionals from around the world. For the first time, colleagues from Fiji and Zambia joined the course.

In line with its commitment to promoting open access to knowledge and information, ICCROM is happy to share the Accepted Manuscript (AM) of an article recently published in Studies in Conservation on ‘Enhancing Research Impact in Heritage Conservation’, by Theocharis Katrakazis, Alison Heritage, Cath Dillon, Petra Juvan and Stavroula Golfomitsou.

ICCROM joined UNESCO on an Emergency Mission for the National Museum of Brazil from 13 to 23 September 2018. Experts met with Brazilian authorities and national and local actors involved with the Museum, and took part in two technical visits to the site. The aim is to help the country define what will be the next steps for recovery.

In November 2011, the delegates of the 27th General Assembly of ICCROM supported a resolution underlining the “worldwide problem of conservation and access in museum storage.” They suggested that ICCROM engage with countries to improve the present situation. Since then, ICCROM has assisted with storage facility reorganization projects in Algeria, China, Croatia, Greece, India, New Caledonia, and Serbia. Furthermore, four countries have launched national strategies: these include Belgium, Canada, Chile and Nigeria.

The Lake Ohrid region is home to one of the world’s oldest lakes and is one of Europe’s most important biodiversity hotspots. The surrounding region is also significant for its cultural heritage within and linked to the natural setting.

A World Heritage Leadership Programme Activity took place at ICCROM from 4 to 6 September 2018. The Advisory Bodies Networking Activity provided a capacity building opportunity to the Advisory Bodies experts who are involved in the evaluation and monitoring missions of various sites, to exchange knowledge and newly developed ideas for effective management of heritage, which could be applied when undertaking their missions.

Cyclones, typhoons, floods and earthquakes have been identified as the biggest threats to human development. They are also on the rise, with devastating consequences for cultural heritage. For this reason, as a field, we are increasingly finding ourselves in the position of needing to be ready at any moment to intervene after a disaster strikes.

ICCROM wishes to express its solidarity and heartfelt sympathy with the Brazilian people and heritage authorities for the sad losses caused by the huge fire that ravaged the country’s 200-year-old National Museum last Sunday, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Around 90% of its invaluable collections, comprising 20 million items, are believed to have been destroyed. This calamitous event constitutes an inestimable loss to humanity, given the great significance of these collections in terms of their social, educational, historic, and scientific values.