Next September ICCROM will offer for the third time the very successful course dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage in times of conflict. The course will be based in the heart of Rome and the participants will have a unique chance of attending a great course in an amazing setting.

Here some details from ICCROM:

Armed conflicts world wide continue to involve deliberate or accidental damage to cultural heritage. Conflicts result in the weakening of governments and societies and endanger the core values that hold communities together. The protection and recovery of cultural heritage can play a crucial role in rebuilding societies and in overcoming the sense of loss and displacement.

Notwithstanding, in times of conflict, any operation will be delayed as ensuring security and safety of people takes precedence.  As a result, it is essential for the concerned professionals working in these areas to understand how and when to intervene to secure or recover cultural heritage while law enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts are under way.

Analyze patterns in present-day conflicts, especially in relation to their interactions with cultural heritage;
  • Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the impact that conflict has on them;
  • Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in conflict situations;
  • Secure, salvage and stabilize a variety of cultural materials;
  • Take peacetime preparatory action to improve response in times of conflict;
  • Critically examine the applicability of international legal instruments, and of conservation ethics and principles in times of conflict;
  • Communicate successfully with the various actors involved, and work in teams.
The course will comprise of interactive lectures, group activities, practical sessions, simulations, site visits and case studies. Participants will be asked to develop case studies drawing from their own experience and work context.

The course is aimed at those who are actively involved in the protection of cultural heritage within a variety of institutions (libraries, museums, archives, sites, departments of antiquities or archaeology, religious and community centres, etc.). It is also aimed at professionals from humanitarian and cultural aid organizations, as well as military, civilian and civil defense personnel. Those with experience in conflict situations are particularly encouraged to apply.

A maximum of 22 participants will be selected.

Course fee: 900 € (Euro).

For full details or to apply, visit ICCROM’s website: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

After five intense weeks of work, on Friday 28 October, the second edition of the  International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict came to a close. Once again, with the support of its partners, ICCROM was able to deliver an innovative and lively training experience to 18 internationally selected cultural heritage professionals.

Each week was dedicated to the exploration of a specific theme, and each day the participants had to face new practical and intellectual challenges. Looking at  the course schedule and at the number of international experts involved in the sessions, it is possible to understand what an amazing opportunity it was for me to be involved in such a project. Every day, for the last few weeks, I was in the class together with the participants and I had the chance to get invloved in all the activities designed  to make sure that each one of them would be able to take back home a 'tool kit' filled with practical skills and intellectual knowledge. However, I  feel that what made this experience unique was the contribution of each single participant. . They came to Italy with their incredible professional and personal back ground and they constantly shared their experiences and reflections  with their colleagues, the ICCROM staff and the teaching team.

It is impossible to summarise in a few lines these five weeks, and as for last year, the end of the course is  only the beginning of a new phase in our professional development. Therefore, I invite all the First Aiders to take advantage of this blog to keep sharing. I really hope that we will be able to create an new network of professionals, something real and active in the field of cultural heritage protection in times of conflict.  I also hope that you will always find this as a welcoming space where you can share your ideas, propose new projects and advertise your professional skills.


First Aiders in Action