Specialised Conservation Course Gets Underway in the Old City of Jerusalem
26 Jan 2016

From January 25 to April 30, 2016, ten international experts will train together mid-career professionals in the art of conservation as they tackle numerous subjects and learn the skills necessary to conserve ancient cities around the world, such as their host, Jerusalem. The International Centre for the Study of Preservtion and Restoration of Cultural Property, through its regional conservation centre in Sharjah, (ICCROM – ATHAR), has teamed up with the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Program (OCJRP), to launch a Core Course entitled “The Conservation and Management of the Built Heritage in Jerusalem.” The course offers capacity building and applied training for engineers, architects, contractors, practitioners and professionals who work in the preservation of architectural heritage field.

With the financial backing of the European Union’s “Restoration and Rehabilitation of Housing in Jerusalem‘s Historic Urban Core” project, the course has taken off with ICCROM’s experts on the ground leading with theory and conversation practice. After introducing the levels of intervention and the values that are essential to working with historic buildings, a seminar on practical teamwork exercise ensued. A technical jury will be set up to evaluate and assess the group’s work as the course progresses.

The partnership between ICCROM and OCJRP aims at improving the quality and knowledge sharing in the fields of cultural and natural heritage protection, preservation and management.