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

On Thursday 7 December, the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage was launched at the European Culture Forum in Milan, Italy. The European Year of Cultural Heritage will put the spotlight on Europe's wealth of cultural heritage, showcasing its role in fostering a shared sense of identity and building the future of Europe.

ICCROM and its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre are launching a new books series on cultural heritage conservation in the Arab Region. Selected Readings from ICCROM-ATHAR will provide a wide range of literature for both professional and academic audiences, aimed at promoting dialogue and debate, and bridging existing gaps in available knowledge resources.

ICCROM partnered with the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) in Lebanon and the Getty Foundation to organize a four-week field school for the Conservation of Mosaics at the Archaeological Site of Byblos, Lebanon.

ICCROM is pleased to announce the re-adhesion of Hungary as a Member State. The return of Hungary brings the number of ICCROM Member States to 136.

Dr Webber Ndoro has been confirmed by ICCROM’s 30th General Assembly as the new Director-General, to lead ICCROM over the next six years. Ndoro completed a BA in History at the University of Zimbabwe in 1982, a Master of Philosophy in Archaeology in 1987 from Cambridge University, and a Master in Architectural Conservation from York University. His formal education was completed at Uppsala University where he obtained a PhD in Heritage Management in 2000.

The 30th General Assembly of ICCROM will be the occasion for a Thematic Discussion on reconstruction of destroyed or damage historic cities entitled ‘Post-Conflict Reconstruction – Recovery and Community Involvement’, based on the symposium held at Louvre Lens in January 2017.

ICCROM is pleased to present a new publication now available for free download, Asian Buddhist Heritage: Conserving the Sacred. This publication contains the papers presented at a Forum series organized by ICCROM and the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea, held in Seoul in 2013. It is the first instalment of a five-book series that will cover some of the most pertinent topics in cultural heritage preservation and management in Asia.

The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), held from 29 November – 1 December in Rome, will provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s 135 Member States will meet at this three-day event to discuss and endorse the Rome-based agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and elect its governing Council.

Armed conflicts and natural disasters causing deliberate or collateral damage to cultural heritage are more prominent than ever. To help strengthen efforts to save collections from imminent threats, ICCROM and UNESCO joined forces last year to produce Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections, a practical handbook available for free download.

The National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH) of Korea hosted the international ICCROM CollAsia course on Packing and Storing Objects and Collections – Tradition and Modernity in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 11 – 25 October 2017.