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


Alhambra Palace - Granada
Alhambra Palace - Granada

The Second World War claimed more lives than any other war in history and obliterated a great deal of cultural property that defined the communities in which they were erected. This included many historic cities of Europe.

In its aftermath, the world needed a technical institution dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring what humanity had destroyed. In response, UNESCO created ICCROM and chose Rome as its headquarters. As home to ICCROM and as a beneficiary of its earliest efforts, Europe is a region with which the organization has always had close ties, and which has also had an important role to play in the conservation sector.

Sixty years later, humanity is faced yet again with large-scale and catastrophic developments – mass displacement of people, entrenched conflict, harshening climate. All are challenging cultural heritage preservation. Europe is again in a positon to both benefit from and serve ICCROM’s efforts. This is not only because these demographic, political and climatic forces are playing out within or near its borders, but also because Europe is able – and therefore responsible – to play a more universal role in enacting change.

ICCROM is eager to engage with a Europe that leverages everything from its resources, to experience and diplomatic know-how to model inclusive and engaged societies. Europe can take the lead in truly integrating refugees who come in search of safety, embracing the cultures they bring and incorporating them into Europe’s own. Europe can show how caring for culture is caring for people as heritage congregates and generates cohesion, understanding and even economic opportunity. And when Europe extends this work beyond its borders, it can demonstrate how the returns on cultural diplomacy are more stable, inclusive and just nations – indeed, a better world.


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Director-General Webber Ndoro expressed the need to support ‘digital transformation’ across Africa at the Third Conference for a Euro-African Academic Partnership in Teramo, Italy earlier this month, joining delegates from African and European universities and international organizations to promote academic cooperation and socio-economic integration for young people.

With the aim of breaking language barriers and fostering peaceful societies, ICCROM is pleased to announce the release of the French version of PATH: Peacebuilding Assessment Tool for Heritage Recovery and Rehabilitation.

After the success of last year's inaugural Soft Power Conference, the second edition was held on 30 and 31 August 2021, with our Director-General Webber Ndoro, a member of the Soft Power Club, representing ICCROM at the event in Venice, Italy. The members of the club are strong proponents of multilateral dialogue and collaboration as a means for nations to promote their interests, in what is the essence of ‘soft power’.

With the aim of breaking language barriers and providing knowledge where it is needed most, ICCROM and Blue Shield Germany have released a German version of the pioneering online resource, Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections, developed in partnership with UNESCO.

ICCROM and FARO are pleased to announce the release of the Dutch translation of the RE-ORG Method. From today, you can access online everything you need in seven different languages to set up your own storage RE-ORGanization project.

The Director of the Louvre-Lens and former President of the ICCROM Council has received the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Successfully applied by ICCROM in museums from all over the world, the RE-ORG Method is offered for the first time in Italy on a regional scale to the specific needs of museums in Emilia-Romagna. In collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Service of the Emilia-Romagna Region, formerly IBC, ICCROM is organising an online training course on the reorganization of museum storage for museum professionals in the region

The Italian Chamber of Deputies gave the green light to the ratification and execution of the exchange of letters between Italy and ICCROM. This follows the approval at the Senate. MP Mirella Emiliozzi (Five Star Movement): keeping ICCROM’s headquarters in our country is of great interest and of particular relevance.

When a major disaster strikes, urban search and rescue (USAR) teams, under the coordination of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), are deployed within several hours. In these first moments, especially when disaster debris is removed, the affected region stands to lose most of its significant cultural heritage. Due to the extensive loss of cultural heritage during these first stages of a crisis, ICCROM has been striving to promote the integration of cultural heritage first aid into existing international guidelines for humanitarian aid and search and rescue operations.

The first international course on “Conservation and restoration of wooden architecture” has been nominated as one of the best museum educational projects at “Intermuseum ‘19”, the annual all-Russia museum fair.