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ICCROM is very pleased to announce the launch of the Mora Samples Collection catalogue as an open access research resource. The Mora samples collection is an extraordinary scientific scholarly resource comprising over 1 200 material samples that bears witness to the complexity and diversity of wall painting as a medium for cultural expression across different civilizations and time periods.

It was in the spirit of working together that ICCROM welcomed representatives from 29 Member States and Permanent Observer in Europe and North America to our first regionally focused information session, held virtually on 22 June 2021.

Today is International Museum Day, which in 2021 invites us to “reimagine” cultural institutions as a leading force for post-pandemic recovery and change. It is an occasion to share big ideas and reflect on how our immediate actions can help shape the world now and into the future.

Do you or your organisation have a sample collection?
If yes, we would like to hear from you.
Many institutions around the world hold material samples collected from objects and sites of cultural, historic or scientific value. These collections contain huge potential for future research and didactic purposes, but they are often little known, and their value under recognised.

ICCROM is launching a call for partners to leading institutions in the heritage field to help build and shape a three-day International Workshop on Connecting Collections: Unlocking Value in Heritage Samples Archives. 

As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and this turbulent year, the question becomes ever so critical. On one hand, resources that keep our sector functioning are rapidly shrinking, with several museums around the world closing, not knowing if they will reopen. On the other hand, there is clear evidence that museums are among the most important public institutions, and that people place great value on heritage collections.

The Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang – Plain of Jars in central Laos, is one of the country’s three World Heritage Properties, inscribed on the List in 2019. The Outstanding Universal Value of this fascinating property lies in more than 2100 tubular-shaped stone jars located on hill slopes and spurs surrounding the central plateau of country. Used for funerary practices in the Iron Age, they date from between 500 BCE and 800 CE. Considering the vulnerability of the property to various natural and human-induced hazards such as fires, erosion, flooding and landslides, as well as from theft and vandalism, the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription recommended that the State Party develop and implement strategies for disaster reduction, including capacity building activities.