International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Celestial Motifs: Ancient Tomb Murals of the Goguryeo Dynasty

Celestial Motifs: Ancient Tomb Murals of the Goguryeo Dynasty

It is a normal morning at the ICCROM Library. I start the day by flipping through the mail piling up on my desk – most of the envelopes contain new journal issues, the latest of our periodical subscriptions… But then, there! The last, hefty envelope. I carefully open it and observe its contents: a matte, deep blue book, adorned with golden dragons enveloped in a mesh of ornamental plant motifs. Almost as an afterthought, I read the title that the...

ICCROM Library opens a Children's Section

ICCROM Library opens a Children's Section

Our library has launched a new section dedicated to young audiences, from toddlers to teens! Now we need your help filling the shelves with appropriate books and other resources, to help inspire the next generation to love cultural heritage as much as we do! If you have any titles to suggest (or even to donate), please email us at library@iccrom.org

A touching tale to inspire our youngest

A touching tale to inspire young readers

In the northern hemisphere, the month of March marks the beginning of spring, a season synonymous with new beginnings. In this spirit, our resource of the month is not only a beautiful book, but the announcement of a new chapter for our library, as we open an area dedicated to literature for children and young people.

A heritage spin on a classic card game

A heritage spin on a classic card game

Time in our library is usually spent on study, research and cataloguing but shortly before the end-of-year holiday it passed a bit differently, as the team treated themselves to cups of tea and homemade biscuits… accompanied by a few rounds of a game from our collection.

The Library's Resource of the Month for November takes us to Algeria

A virtual tour of the Musée d'Antiquités in Algiers

The Library's Resource of the Month for November takes us to Algeria. There, we want to pay a virtual visit to the Musée des Antiquités in Algiers, or rather, to the former Musée Stéphane Gsell, during a series of events that were held between 1954 and 1958. Today, we will not just walk in the door (even if I am certain I’m not the only one who would very much like to do just that). As always in this column, we will move along the paths of the...

Eat Rite: Ritual Foods of George Town – a cookbook with a twist

Eat Rite: Ritual Foods of George Town – a cookbook with a twist

After nearly one and a half years of pandemic, many of us desire to share again the realities of our daily lives with family, friends, and our communities. This includes joining in celebrations, sharing meals, and maybe even cooking together. At the same time, participants from all over the world recently connected online for the 44th meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, hosted this year in Juzhou, China. What connects these two things...

Survey of ancient monuments of Nord Viet-Nam, Paris 1959 – a grey workbook and a mental walk in the ICCROM Library

Survey of ancient monuments of North Viet Nam, Paris 1959 – a grey workbook and an architectural journey of the mind

More than half a century has passed since the death of Louis Bezacier, who was born on 4 May 1906 in the French town of Cuffy, Val de Loire and died 60 years later in May 1966. Although an architect by profession, Bezacier’s passion was archaeology, especially that of the Far East.

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel

A resource that was developed in the United States around 25 years ago by the National Task Force for Emergency Response: the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. This task force was a joint initiative of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Hand-drawn drawing of Kangi-in

The Japanese Conservation Report collection in the ICCROM Library: an introduction

Conservation reports published during the year in Japan are regularly sent to the ICCROM Library. This practice started in the 1970s when Bernard Feilden was Director-General of ICCROM, with the first 30 reports sent from the Cultural Property Division of Built Heritage of the governmental Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan.

VI Mostra di restauri

VI Mostra di restauri : catalogo, Roma, marzo 1949

“VI mostra di restauri” is the exhibition catalogue of restored objects and photographic documentation of conservation treatments conducted during the year 1948 by the Italian Istituto Centrale del Restauro (Central Institute of Conservation), the first institute and school of conservation in Italy created by the Italian Government in 1939. Most of the objects were war-damaged artworks, which had suffered from the direct destruction of monuments...