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

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ICCROM is pleased to invite proposals for innovative local field projects aimed at strengthening and showcasing the benefits of Southeast Asia’s rich and diverse heritage through Collections, Conservation, and Communities. This is an opportunity to create positive and lasting change for present and future ‎‎generations in Southeast Asia, by making concrete contributions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.‎

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life, ICCROM's International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections has provided a window of opportunity to rethink training and develop capacities.

In recent years, Southeast Asia has been affected by unpredictable disasters caused by natural hazards, such as flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and tropical storms. The region is home to invaluable and significant cultural heritage forms, ranging from the tangible, such as museum and archival collections, ancient monuments, archaeological sites, as well as the intangible: customs, music, crafts and traditional lifestyles. While at times damage can be extensive and at times irreversible, there are ways in which we can mitigate risks, build resilience and adapt to changing realities. In this spirit, the second training workshop on Disaster Risk Management for cultural heritage in Southeast Asia kicked off with an inaugural session held on 4 February 2021. 

Heritage collections bear testimony to our diversity, ingenuity, and history. They are a powerful resource for education which foster creativity, social cohesion and well-being. Exhibitions are a powerful tool to promote change, and their planners are the actors who can make it happen.

The CollAsia international course on “Conserving Photographic and Archival Collections” was successfully held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, from 22 November to 15 December 2018. CollAsia is a training partnership between ICCROM and the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA) to improve the conservation and use of heritage collections in Southeast Asia. Every year, a course is organized in collaboration with institutions from Member States in the region to address a relevant topic. The courses cover different types of collections and conservation-related skill sets, yet they all promote critical thinking, scientific literacy, applied research, local solutions, and interdisciplinary, value-based, people-centred approaches. Cross-fertilization and synergism within and beyond Southeast Asia are achieved through the participation of heritage professionals from different countries in the region and other parts of the world.