Introduction to preventive conservation for museum collections
06 July 2017

The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE (ICCROM-ATHAR), in cooperation with the UNESCO Office for Iraq and the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) in Iraq, are launching a training course titled “Introduction to Preventive Conservation for Museum Collections” with 20 trainees participating from Iraq. The training course will be held in Amman, Jordan from 9 to 16 July 2017.

During this six-day course, the participants will be introduced to the basic concepts and tools of preventive conservation for museum collections, on display or in storage, with a particular focus on the Iraqi context. The course will provide a systematic approach to comprehensively assess the different kinds of risks to the collections, as well as to develop effective (preventive) measures to eliminate or reduce them, using locally available resources. A strong hands-on component is included to consolidate the understanding of this approach, through visits to Jordanian museums as case studies. The course will also aim to improve teamwork and communication skills. Course activities will include lectures, group exercises and discussions, as well as presentations by participants.

The following specialists and employees of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) in Iraq will be participating in the course (in alphabetical order by surname):

  1. Mustafa ABDURAHEEM
  2. Iqbal AJEEL
  3. Samah ALERWAH
  5. Ibrahim AL-DAGHESTANI
  6. Abbas ALDUJAILI
  7. Ghaidaa AL- JANABI
  8. Ali AL- MAMOORI
  9. Sufyan AL-MOHAMADI
  10. Taghreed AL-TAIE
  11. Mohanad ALYASARI
  12. Mohammed DULAIMI
  13. Sawsan EZARJAWI
  14. Hamzah ISHMERT
  15. Siham KADIM
  16. Iman MKHEBIR
  17. Sabry MRAIHEJ
  18. Ali RASHEED
  19. Maytham SHUBBAR
  20. Waleed TARBOSH

In light of the significant damage that was suffered by cultural heritage in Iraq and the Arab region, these efforts aim to develop the capacity of heritage professionals working on conservation, protection and restoration projects. This is a great challenge for those responsible for the protection of heritage, and a responsibility ICCROM and UNESCO take seriously, as a response, within possible limits, to the dramatic state of affairs of heritage sites in Iraq and elsewhere.