Online seminar: Heritage and Sustainability in Post COVID-19 World – Building Back Better, 2nd July 14:00-15:00 (Rome, Italy)

Online seminar: Heritage and Sustainability in Post COVID-19 World – Building Back Better, 2nd July 14:00-15:00 (Rome, Italy)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to confront critical questions and decisions concerning our future and the role of cultural heritage in it. Looking ahead, the post COVID-19 phase provides an opportunity to ‘build back better’ by rethinking and further strengthening the role of heritage in sustainable development, in line with the UN 2030 agenda. Nevertheless, this will require the heritage sector to reconsider its position and proactively take concrete steps to advance social, environmental, and economic sustainability. The webinar will address this issue, with particular focus on museums and their collections.


  • Viviane GOSSELIN, PhD, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Vancouver, Canada. Member of the Advisory Group for the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice.
  • Sophia LABADI, PhD, Professor of Heritage, University of Kent, UK.
  • Abubakar SULE SANI, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria.
  • Errol VAN DE WERDT, drs/MA, Director, TextielMuseum, Tilburg – The Netherlands.
  • José Luiz Pedersoli Jr., ICCROM

Date: 02/07/2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (Rome, Italy)
Location: Online

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Special Issue of Heritage «Effects of Salts on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Decay and Measures», deadline 30th June 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue of Heritage focused on “Effects of salts on the conservation of Cultural Heritage: decay and measures”. Salt weathering is considered as one of the most frequent and serious problem that affects porous materials used on Cultural Heritage. The damage caused by the presence of soluble salts can endanger, in the case of cultural heritage, the historic-artistic value of the property, since it is a non-renewable resource with unique and irreplaceable value or even put its perpetuation at risk, due to the development in the worse scenarios of structural problems. For this reason, achieve a deep knowledge about the causes that favor the damage caused by this agent, and also knowing and understanding the physical operation and the efficacy of the different techniques that are currently available for salts removal or for minimizing their impact, are both crucial aspects to achieve an effective protection.

According to the above considerations, this Special Issue is based on reviews and researches focused on analysing the different aspects related to the damage that this agent can cause when crystallizing in a material and the strategies or techniques that can reduce or remove their damage. In particular, this Issue covers the following topics of interest:

  • Source of salts.
  • Transport phenomena in porous media.
  • Crystallization pressure in the built environment.
  • Environmental conditions that promote the phase change of salts.
  • Influence of previous surface treatments (for example: consolidation) on the degree of damage caused by salts.
  • Improvements in protocols and procedures of current treatments.
  • New sustainable desalination strategies or techniques.
  • Non-invasive analytical techniques to monitor salt weathering.
  • Case studies dealing with salt weathering and/or their treatment.

This special issue will also be open to other topics, which have not been recorded in the previous points specifically, but are related to the main topic of this issue (salt weathering).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

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Heritage and Resilience: Building a symbiotic relationship, 4th June, 12:00 pm (Rome, Italy)

The concept of resilience has gained significant traction in past few years and applied to various fields. However, there is general lack of clarity about this term, often misused as a jargon. Therefore, while on one hand, we need to understand the term itself, we should also explore it in relation to heritage, especially as we go through COVID pandemic and emerge from it.  The objective of this webinar is to reflect on the symbiotic relationship between heritage and resilience; for building resilience of heritage on one hand and exploring how heritage can contribute towards resilience on the other hand. Through various case examples, a multidisciplinary group of panellists will bring forward multiple perspectives on heritage resilience from ‘cultural, ‘natural’, ‘social’, ‘economic’ and disaster risk’ dimensions. The presentations will further explore the implication of resilience thinking on heritage conservation and management practices.

Resilience thinking for cultural heritage: an introduction
Leticia Leitao – Independent Consultant on cultural and natural heritage

Challenges to Natural and Cultural values in the English Lake District
Bill Kenmir – Nature Conservation Professional

Heritage and Resilience: economic questions
Alessio Re – Secretary General, at the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture

Resilience to Disasters, or Resilient Disasters?
Ksenia Chmutina – Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University


  • Rohit Jigyasu, ICCROM
  • Leticia Leitao, Independent Consultant on cultural and natural heritage
  • Bill Kenmir, Nature Conservation Professional
  • Alessio Re, Secretary General, at the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture
  • Ksenia Chmutina, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University

Register in advance for this webinar:

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Protección del Patrimonio en tiempos de COVID-19

Categoría: Noticias

El International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM ha publicado una web con recursos y recomendaciones con el fin de promover buenas prácticas para la protección y conservación del patrimonio cultural durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

El objetivo de este espacio es crear una red para compartir información relevante que pueda beneficiar a los profesionales e instituciones de conservación de todo el mundo.

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Web heritage in COVID times