ICCROM Offers Course in First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

Posted on March 1, 2012


If you’ve got a month to spare this fall, you might want to check out ICCROM’s Rome-based course, First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict, running from 24 Sept to 26 October. Some details from ICCROM:

Armed conflicts world wide continue to involve deliberate or accidental damage to cultural heritage. Conflicts result in the weakening of governments and societies and endanger the core values that hold communities together. The protection and recovery of cultural heritage can play a crucial role in rebuilding societies and in overcoming the sense of loss and displacement.

Notwithstanding, in times of conflict, any operation will be delayed as ensuring security and safety of people takes precedence.  As a result, it is essential for the concerned professionals working in these areas to understand how and when to intervene to secure or recover cultural heritage while law enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts are under way.


  • Analyze patterns in present-day conflicts, especially in relation to their interactions with cultural heritage;
  • Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the impact that conflict has on them;
  • Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in conflict situations;
  • Secure, salvage and stabilize a variety of cultural materials;
  • Take peacetime preparatory action to improve response in times of conflict;
  • Critically examine the applicability of international legal instruments, and of conservation ethics and principles in times of conflict;
  • Communicate successfully with the various actors involved, and work in teams.

The course will comprise of interactive lectures, group activities, practical sessions, simulations, site visits and case studies. Participants will be asked to develop case studies drawing from their own experience and work context.

The course is aimed at those who are actively involved in the protection of cultural heritage within a variety of institutions (libraries, museums, archives, sites, departments of antiquities or archaeology, religious and community centres, etc.). It is also aimed at professionals from humanitarian and cultural aid organizations, as well as military, civilian and civil defense personnel. Those with experience in conflict situations are particularly encouraged to apply.

A maximum of 22 participants will be selected.

Course fee: 900 € (Euro).

For full details or to apply, visit ICCROM’s website: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict.