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RE-ORG News

On 6 November the Director of the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, Dr Goranka Horjan, welcomed 26 museum professionals for a two-week RE-ORG workshop in the National Museum’s storage areas.

The first RE-ORG workshop ever held in Africa took place at the Jos National Museum, Nigeria in May 2017. After its conclusion, participants from 12 museums from every corner of

One day after an impressive celebration of the International Museum Day, Nigerian professionals from ten national and two university museums convened in Jos to participate in a two-week RE-ORG workshop at the Jos Museum. This activity is the core element of the RE-ORG Nigeria programme, a joint initiative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments ...

On 13 March, more than 200 Chilean heritage professionals attended a public lecture given by Gaël de Guichen on Los depósitos: lugar prioritario para animar los museos (Storage – a priority location to enliven museums) at the Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración (CNCR) in Santiago, Chile.

On 31 January 2017, ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, signed an agreement with the Swiss university programme SUPSI (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, or University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland). Signing the agreement on behalf of SUPSI were its Chairman of the Board, Alberto Petruzzella, and the Director of SUPSI, Franco Gervasoni.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, has awarded a grant of $116,000 to launch RE-ORG Nigeria in a partnership between ICCROM, the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant was for one of 39 projects selected from 136 submissions from around the world. It is one of six projects selected from Africa.

At the request of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum (MEG), Gaël de Guichen and Marjolijn Debulpaep of the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, Belgium, carried out a RE-ORG workshop in 1 – 2 Febrary 2016.

The first International Training Workshop on the Museum Environment and Preventive Conservation is being held in Tehran from 8 to 12 January 2017. It brings together 34 museum professionals from Iran, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey.

All around the world, collections in storage are at risk. RE-ORG International is an initiative to assist small museums, libraries and archives reorganize their collections in storage for better access and long-term conservation. Without proper storage, we stand to lose significant vestiges of our memory, identity and our past. RE-ORG encourages the reuse and re-purposing of existing equipment and space. Ideas are out there; sometimes all you need is a little inspiration.

Following ICCROM’s 2010 survey, it was recognized that 60% of museum collections are at serious risk due to overcrowding and poor storage conditions. Immediately afterwards, ICCROM launched the development of the RE-ORG methodology in partnership with UNESCO. As a result, the General Assembly of ICCROM urged the 134 Member States to consider this major issue in November 2013.