Culture cannot wait. Be it the rescue of the ancient manuscripts in besieged Timbuktu or the careful salvage of destroyed temples in the earthquake that struck the Kathmandu Valley, affected communities always strive to protect their cultural heritage following an emergency. Yet, where does one start, and who can help affected communities in recovering their heritage? Questions such as how and when to intervene in an unfolding humanitarian crisis continue to be problematic for national agencies tasked with both the humanitarian relief and at-scale recovery of cultural heritage. First Aid for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) emphasizes coordinated emergency preparedness and response for tangible and intangible cultural heritage. It is based on a field-tested three-step framework for providing first aid to cultural heritage, which can be adapted to any emergency context, be it the result of conflict or disaster, and is especially useful in planning at scale responses for securing and stabilizing different types of cultural heritage during complex emergency situations. Developing a culture of preparedness, ongoing risk management, collaboration as well as coordination with mainstream emergency actors forms a core component of the training.
This year, ICCROM will be organising two FAC courses:
FAC 2018 international course, the Netherlands
Dates: 31 July-24 August, 2018
Application deadline: 23 March, 2018
Place: Tilburg, the Netherlands
Working language: English
A limited number of scholarships are available! More information is available here
Using the recent conflict in Mali as a central case study, this course will offer insights gained in recovering cultural heritage in tandem with humanitarian recovery. For the first time, this course will be offered in French!
Dates: 12-28 November 2018
Application deadline: 29 March 2018
Place: Bamako, Mali
Working languages: English and French
Scholarships are available! More information in English and French is available here.