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Introduction to Documentation and Conservation of Built Heritage in the Arab Region

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT 2017

Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR), committed to the safeguarding of cultural heritage in the Arab region, for the benefit of local societies, individual countries and the region as a whole through the dissemination of the best practices in heritage conservation and management, is offering an introductive course programme composed of five course modules on: “Introduction to Documentation and Conservation of Built Heritage in the Arab Region”. This programme focuses on the professional development of those institutions and individuals whose task it is to look after cultural heritage. These one-week training modules will address the following areas:

  1. Introduction to Architectural Documentation for Built Heritage
  2. Introduction to Conservation of Stone and Mortar
  3. Introduction to Structural Conservation
  4. Principles of Conservation in the Management of Historic Sites
  5. Introduction to Conservation of Earthen Architecture

** Attendance on three of the five modules is mandatory in order to obtain the course certificate for this introductive course programme of ICCROM-ATHAR.

Module fees for the three modules will be of 1600 US Dollars.

Should you wish to participate in more than the three required modules, please indicate this request on the application form.

Participants and Admission

The module is intended for 15 – 20 heritage professionals working in the Arab states, including archaeologists, architects, art historians, collections and site managers, conservators-restorers, conservation scientists, curators, directors of museums, gallery and archive professionals, etc. Admission to the module will be subject to selection criteria including:

  1. Professional background: at least a Bachelor degree in a relevant field of study.
  2. Letter of intent: candidates are requested to provide a letter stating clearly the reasons for applying to the module, what they hope to learn from it, and how it will benefit them and their institution, country, or future employer.
  3. Employment: priority is given to professionals affiliated with institutions working in relevant fields.
  4. Work experience: those who have already gained at least two years of practical or research experience in the field will have priority.
  1. Insurance: All participants should also have health and accident insurance. Upon selection, they should return to ICCROM a signed medical and accident participant’s release form.
  2. Working languages: The main working language will be in Arabic. Proficiency of English and/or French will be an asset, particularly to communicate with international teaching team and to be able to pursue research work and reading of reference materials.
  3. Financial Resources / Support: A request for financial support should be indicated in the application form. ICCROM-ATHAR will provide a few scholarships (subject to evaluation), to cover accommodation, meals and travel for the duration of the course.

Applications

Please use the application form available on this web site. Applications should be endorsed by the relevant ministry or entity in the candidate’s home country. The carefully completed forms should be sent to:

ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

PO Box: 48777 Sharjah, UAE

Tel: +971 (0)6 555 2250; Fax: +971 (0)6 555 2213

E-mail: as@iccrom.org

For candidates who need a visa, in order to save time, please send:

  • Passport copy
  • personal photo with a white background

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SELECTED READINGS FROM ATHAR: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region

Description

Following several ATHAR Programm’s foundation courses in Byblos and Tripoli (Lebanon) in Amman (Jordan), and in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), 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. “Selected Readings from ATHAR” is a result of valuable contributions from scientific instructors who took part in the ATHAR core regional courses and who were invited to submit scientific material relevant to the topics they covered during the ATHAR courses. It is thanks to the Government of Sharjah and Italy and ALECSO who financially have supported the ATHAR Programme and this particular publication. The subjects included in this first series of “Selected Readings from ATHAR” range from theoretical approached to the conservation of cultural heritage sites to the implementation of techniques and management approaches for the safeguard of immovable heritage for future generations. It is our aim to disseminate this knowledge for the effective benefit of practitioners and educators working this specialist field and in the Arab Region.

− Zaki Aslan, Director, ATHAR Programme, ICCROM

Hard copy for sale in the bookshop

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Introducing Young People to Heritage Site Management and Protection

Description

It is a publication intended for primary school teachers to raise the awareness in the conservation of cultural heritage in the Arab Region.  It is a guide that offers principal notions on conservation practices and management of historical sites and cities. It also underlines the threats facing cultural heritage today. It contains information, ideas and practical activities to help teachers to introduce this theme in schools and school curricula. The aims of the guide are to make young people aware about the importance of the heritage situated in their region and to involve them in its protection and care.

Zaki ASLAN coordinates and manages ICCROM’s ATHĀR Programme, which aims to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage in the Arab region, and broaden access, appreciation and understanding of its past. To achieve this goal, the programme stresses the participation of young people in the process.

Monica ARDEMAGNI has collaborated with ICCROM since 1990 in the realisation of projects related to advocacy. She conceived several activities destined to school teachers and pupils in Italy, in Europe and in the Arab Region.

Soft copy in pdf (1.86 MB)
Hard copy for sale in the bookshop

Issue 2, May 2014. (pdf 45.0 MB)

CONTENTS

• Introduction
»ATHAR at a glance
»Editorial
»Consolidating Partnerships

• Activities
»4th Core Regional Course Review Meeting
»ATHAR at the Egyptian Academy in Rome
»First Aid to Archaeological Finds Workshop in Bahrain
»Symposium on Conservation of Urban Heritage: Living Heritage in Islamic Cities
»Ad-Dour Project: Challenges and Solutions

• Highlights
»Final Touches to the ICCROM-ATHAR Premises
»Laboratories in the ICCROM-ATHAR Centre
»Recent Meeting:
»» IRCICA (Syria)
»» Workshop on Heritage Education in Doha
»» Cooperation with Bahrain
»» Saving the Rich Heritage of Egypt
»» Yemen: Integrating Heritage in University Curricula
»» Partnership in UNESCO-EU Project for Syria

• From ATHARnet
»Condition Assessment for Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, Egypt
»After ATHAR …. Projects by Former Participants
»» Documentation of the Cultural Heritage in Rosetta City
»»Conservation Project of the Grand Tower of Melah

• Coming Soon
»Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation Management
»Invitation to the Official Opening

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Issue 1, Oct. 2013. (pdf 18.3 MB)

CONTENTS

• Introduction
»ATHAR at a glance
»Editorial

• Activities
»The Sharjah initiative
»WAC: Follow-up to the Sharjah initiative
»Regional course on the management and conservation of cultural heritage

• Highlights
»Higher diploma in conservation
»Building of the ATHAR centre
»Publications
»Sharjah Archaeology museum celebrates its twentieth anniversary
»National Projects: Yemen and Libya
»The latest on world heritage in the Arab Region
»Training for protection cultural heritage in times of conflict

• From ATHARnet
»Assessment of Cultural Heritage status in Syria during the undergoing crisis
»After ATHAR: projects by former participants

The ATHAR program and ICCROM courses have taught me a lot regarding the preservation of monuments, especially mosaics. I participated in the course held in TYRE / LEBANON, and the result was that I was able to work in the maintenance of mosaics with greater confidence, thanks to the information and practical experience gained from these courses.
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
ATHAR is a program which aims at encouraging Arab professionals to understand the best methodologies to protect and manage cultural heritage . It helps us diagnose problems, propose solutions and think more deeply about the future of heritage in the Arab region. Personally, the regional course on ‘Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage: Sites and Museum Collections’ was an extraordinary experience which allowed me to fill gaps in my training in conservation and management of cultural heritage.
Hager Krimi – Tunis
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