Now available: a new resource on the conservation of mosaics in Arabic

ICCROM and the Getty Foundation have published the first compilation of readings in the conservation of mosaics in Arabic, for free download. Over the last ten years, the conservation of ...

ICCROM-Sharjah announces projects nominated for the “Award for good practices ...

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, the Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-Sharjah has announced the short list for the “Award for good ...

ICCROM-Sharjah announces the jury committee of the Award for good ...

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, the Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-Sharjah had announced the jury committee of the “Award for good ...

Call for applications:  Conservation of documentary heritage workshop

ICCROM Regional Conservation Centre (ICCROM-Sharjah), in partnership with the Arab Administrative Development Organization of the League of Arab States, is organizing a workshop on the “Conservation of Documentary Heritage” in the period between 4 to 7 March 2019 in Sharjah, UAE.

Documentary heritage is part of human cultural heritage that international organizations seek to protect and conserve. This is workshop targets mid-career professionals in the field of cultural heritage protection, namely documentary heritage, where the significance of this type of heritage will be highlighted along with the values, history and national and individual memory that these documents carry. The workshop will also address the concepts, tools and methodologies of its conservation as well as new technologies in digital archiving. The challenges facing documentary cultural heritage in the Arab Region will be discussed in addition to showcasing some successful experiences in its conservation and archiving in the region.

For more information on the workshop and how to apply, click here.

Deadline for applications is 9 February 2019

ICCROM-ATHAR strives to share the outcome of the Centre’s experience and activities including research, experiences, publications from seminars, training manuals for professionals and schools. These publications are available in Hard copies through the ICCROM bookshop, or through soft copies here:


Selected Readings from ICCROM-ATHAR: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region


Following several ATHAR Programme’s foundation courses, it was deemed necessary to put some of the experiences learned in the hands of a wider audience beyond the direct benefit of course participants. This book is a result of valuable contributions from instructors who took part in ICCROM-ATHAR Courses. and who were invited to submit scientific material relevant to the topics they covered during the courses.
The subjects included in this first series range from theoretical approaches, to the conservation of cultural heritage sites, to the implementation of techniques and management approaches for the safeguard of immovable heritage for future generations.

Hard copy for sale in the bookshop
Soft copy in PDF


Introducing Young People to Heritage Site Management and Protection


This manual is a publication intended for primary
school teachers to raise awareness in the conservation of cultural heritage in the Arab region, making young people sensitive to the importance of heritage situated in their region thus involving them in its protection and care. It is a guide that offers principal notions on conservation practices and management of historical sites and cities, and underlines the threats facing cultural heritage today. It contains information, ideas and practical activities to help teachers introduce this theme in schools and school curricula. Schoolteachers may adapt it for various age groups as necessary, although it was specifically developed for pupils of an age group that ranges between nine and twelve years old.

Soft copy in PDF
Hard copy for sale in the bookshop

These publications are also available in ARABIC.

ICCROM-ATHAR publishes annual newsletters to update its audience on recent activities, courses and initiatives and to inform the public of the centre’s work.

Issue 3, November 2016


Special Edition, 2003-2014


Issue 2, May 2014


Issue 1, Oct. 2013

The ICCROM-ATHAR courses have taught me a lot regarding the preservation of monuments, especially mosaics. I participated in the course held in TYRE / LEBANON, in which I gained information and practical experience which enhanced my ability to work in the maintenance of mosaics with greater confidence.
Mohannad Al Taweel. Swaida, Syria
During the course on Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage: Sites and Museum Collections, we learned some new methods of management and planning for cultural heritage which can help us a lot in Sudan. Knowing more information about the digital documentation of heritage and about the international practices for protection and conservation of heritage sites has added a unique value to our knowledge, which, in turn, is the future of our heritage.
Fawzi Hassan Bakhiet. Khartoum, Sudan
Coming from a heritage building background, we felt that the course content, which also included archaeology and museums, was helpful in obtaining a wider perspective of conservation as a subject. The distinct quality of teaching material and the innovative teaching methods adopted by some of the instructors were really engaging. The projects and assignments helped us understand our potentials besides architecture and conservation…
Kamyar Kamyab and Shubha Varma. Sharjah, UAE
Here, the area of discovery is wide and beautiful…To realise that there is more cultural stock and knowledge than imagined in the field of Arab heritage … To meet your Arab compatriots in one place and to learn about different cultures is one of the purposes of my participation in these courses. Culture and heritage are our bet to unite, and ICCROM-ATHAR is the one that is providing the platform to conserve this cultural heritage.
Fatema Adulnabi, Kingdom of Bahrain
Since 2012, I have participated in several training courses organized by ICCROM-ATHAR and included important areas such as architectural heritage documentation, and conservation and management of heritage sites and museums. My participation has been fruitful for me on several levels, such as strengthening my academic knowledge in several fields, as well as the application of theoretical courses in the field of work through many projects…
Belhassen Kinbi, Tunisia
The courses implemented by ICCROM-ATHAR have positively impacted professionals working in the field of heritage conservation in the Arab world. In addition, these courses provided an exceptional opportunity to learn about the heritage of other Arab colleagues and allowed us to improve our understanding of the restoration of the various buildings and heritage sites while given the opportunity to exchange knowledge amongst the participants.
Sara Al Naqbi, UAE
During my visit to the ATHAR Centre, I had the privilege of appreciating the quality of its work exemplified in the training activities it offers, which have helped build a large network of professionals. What really facilitated me were the following areas of development…
Marie Lavandier. Board Member of ICCROM
I enjoyed … to learn more about your important work in the region. Truly, it is through education, capacity building, and the empowerment of young professionals that the region’s cultural heritage will be safeguarded and valued for generations to come
Colleen Ritzau Leth, Global Museum Leaders Colloquium