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

On 19-21 June, ICCROM participated in a disaster simulation exercise for salvage of cultural heritage, held in Lucca, Italy. The exercise was part of a multi-year initiative organized by the Italian Civil Protection Department under PROMEDHE, an EU funded project also involving the civil protection authorities of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan and Palestine.

Where do heritage professionals look for when they are in need of advice on preventive conservation? How do they update their knowledge?

Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservators, the handbook published by Gerhard Banik and Irene Brückle in 2011, after a decade of close cooperation with ICCROM, has been republished in a revised and expanded 2nd edition by Anton Siegl in Munich, Germany.

The European Cultural Heritage Summit, held in Berlin, Germany from 18 to 24 June 2018, provided a venue to reflect on the present and future of cultural heritage in Europe.

According to a 2015 study carried out by Cisco, by 2019 over 80% of global Internet consumption will be video content. These steadily increasing sounds and images have permeated every sphere of our contemporary lives.

On 11 June, Nina Shangina, Chairperson, Council of the Union of Restorers of St Petersburg and ICCROM Council Member, and Sergey Makarov, Chairman, Government of St. Petersburg Committee for State Preservaton of Historical and Cultural Monuments, visited ICCROM.

The Egyptian National Organization for Urban Harmony, operating under Egypt’s Ministry of Culture in collaboration with UNESCO, has chosen to honour two prominent architectural heritage specialists from Egypt and the Arab world, for their significant contributions to safeguard cultural heritage.

Over recent years the terraced rice fields in Vietnam have become much better known. This is particularly true of Mu Cang Chai, a remote district located in the country’s Northwest mountain range. Becoming an emerging tourist destination can be an opportunity for local socio-economic development, but it also poses a potential threat to the integrity of this complex living structure in rural settings.

An ICCROM-led workshop has marked the beginning of a consultation campaign in the Lake Ohrid region, involving a local team of volunteers from both the Albanian and Macedonian sides. This campaign supports the EU-UNESCO project, “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake ”.

Recent decades have witnessed a fundamental change in social values throughout the world, and this in turn has affected the ways in which we think about and care for cultural heritage. Increasingly, heritage professionals are challenged to adopt more people-centred approaches within conservation, whereby constructive and critical dialogue between stakeholders is an essential part of the decision making process. However, the achievement of this in practice is not so straightforward.