The first tranche of training under ICCROM’S capacity building programme in Mosul gets underway this November, when 25 young Moslawi professionals from the fields of architecture and engineering take part in a two-week orientation module.
The training is a major component of the ‘Capacity Building for Holistic, Sustainable and Resilient Heritage Recovery of Mosul’ initiative, a partnership between ICCROM and UNESCO being delivered in collaboration with the University of Mosul, with generous financial support from the United Arab Emirates and the European Union.
The first module will introduce the young professionals, who were selected through an application process, to key principles of urban heritage conservation and management. Topics to be covered include:
- the notion of culture and cultural heritage;
- the relationship between tangible and intangible cultural heritage;
- the concept of recovery and its meaning in the context of cultural heritage;
- an introduction to cultural heritage conservation and management;
- interventions on cultural heritage, such as conservation, preservation, restoration, repairs, rehabilitation, retrofitting, and reconstruction; and
- cultural and heritage significance and values embodied in cultural heritage.
Mosul’s cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, will be explored through a series of lectures, course activities and site visits presented by local experts from the University of Mosul, together with several international professionals, headed by ICCROM project manager Dr Rohit Jigyasu.
By the end of the first module, participants and instructors will have worked as a team to deepen their understanding of the complex and multifaceted heritage in Mosul and the vocabulary used to describe cultural heritage.