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

In this European Year for Cultural Heritage, an international course ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ will be organized to train professionals from all over the world in the protection of cultural heritage. The course, which will take place in Brabant, the Netherlands, from 6 to 24 August 2018, includes modules on prevention, safe evacuation, stabilization and protection of cultural heritage at risk.

Mosul’s iconic Al Nouri mosque and Al Hadba minaret will be reconstructed by a team involving ICCROM and UNESCO, in a five-year project funded by the United Arab Emirates. This news was announced in a press conference by HE Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who has pledged US$ 50.4 million to support the initiative.

ICCROM is participating in an international conference entitled The challenges of World Heritage recovery: international conference on reconstruction, to be held in the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 6 – 8 May 2018.

On 17 April, Stefanie Altman-Winans, Deputy Director in the Office of Public Affairs, Planning, and Coordination, United States Department of State in Washington DC, visited ICCROM together with Heather Eaton and Ann Wise of USUN Rome.

Earthquakes are disruptive events that too often have devastating consequences. They leave their marks on landscapes and buildings, influence the lives of those who experience them, and can be traumatic events for those same people. Yet what do earthquakes represent in Japan’s history and society, beyond these negative connotations? What signs have earthquakes left in the cultural heritage of Japan?

As the 20th International Stone Course (SC17) moves physically from Mexico City to Campeche Province in the south of the country, so it moves from the more theoretical phase towards the hands-on and implementational phase, which will characterize the second part of this training course.

CultureSummit Abu Dhabi 2018, held from 8 – 12 April, is a high-level international summit bringing together leaders from the worlds of government, arts, media and technology to collaborate and address in concrete ways the role culture can play in addressing the great challenges of our time, from poverty and extremism to climate change and conflict.

On 11 April, the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), HE Michael Ellis, visited the ICCROM-Sharjah Office in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The royal collections of Madagascar are back in the spotlight, thanks to a preventive conservation project financed by the Government of Japan. Eighty percent of Madagascar’s royal palace collections were destroyed by a devastating fire at the Rova of Antananarivo museum complex in 1995.

The International Course on Stone Conservation, implemented by ICCROM in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), has just been inaugurated in Mexico City. It was due to have taken place in 2017, but due to the tragic earthquakes that struck Mexico in September of last year, the course was postponed until March 2018.