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Subject: Course on reducing risks to collections

Course on reducing risks to collections

From: Isabelle Verger <iv<-a>
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Reducing Risks to Collections - 2014
Tianjin, China
21 July-8 Aug (3 weeks)

Application deadline: May 16, 2014


    State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China (SACH)

    Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH)

    International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and
    Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

In this course, we will apply the risk management approach to
preventive conservation of museum collections.  This approach allows
to consider all expected losses and damages to collections, not only
those due to rare and catastrophic events, such as fire or flood,
but also those resulting from continual deterioration processes, for
example due to incorrect relative humidity or lighting.

The course will use the methodology jointly developed by ICCROM, CCI
(Canadian Conservation Institute) and RCE (Cultural Heritage Agency
of the Netherlands) and is based on the successes and experience
acquired in the 7 previous courses.  It will review the risk concept
in general, and its current interpretations and applications in the
field of cultural heritage.  It will examine the best available
research for estimating all types of risks.  Participants will
practice each stage of this approach in teams, from the risk
assessment of a real museum collection, to the development of
options for risk mitigation.

The course will consider especially the Asian-Pacific museum
contexts by sharing and discussing participants' experience and

Methodology: The course is an intensive programme combining both
theory and practice, through lectures, case studies and practical
exercises.  High level interaction is encouraged in the course with
participants playing an important part.

Participants: The course is designed for maximum 20 participants, 10
from Asia- Pacific region, 10 from China.  They are conservators,
collection managers, curators, registrars, and other professionals
involved in conservation, preferably with at least three years of
practical working in the field.  Preference will be given to
candidates who are teaching or are heads of conservation teams.
Candidates must submit, with their formal application, a 500-word
summary describing their specific museum context and collections,
and the most important risks they perceive for their institution.

Teaching team: ICCROM and associated professionals.

Working language: English

Travel, accommodation and living expenses: Local transportation,
accommodation and meals will be covered by the course organizers.
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs
to and from Tianjin.  A limited number of scholarships will be
provided to selected candidates who have been unable to secure
funding for their round-trip travel to Tianjin.

This training program is sponsored by SACH

Application: Please use the course application form at


and send it to: risk2014<-a t->iccrom< . >org

Candidates' applications must be received by May 16, 2014

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