Reducing Risks to Heritage International Meeting 2012

Dates: 28-30 November 2012
Location: Cultural Heritage Agency of the
Netherlands, Smallepad 5, 3811 MG Amersfoort

Background and Aim of the meeting

Today, preventive conservation is widely recognized as a priority line of action. However, decision-makers are confronted with difficult choices in planning conservation strategies with limited resources. Should we put all our resources in a sophisticated environmental control system, or should we upgrade the fire control system instead? What exactly will happen to this collection of costumes and basketry if they remain exposed to this level of light? And in the long term, how will this damage compare to that caused by the increasing number of visitors?

The risk management approach, which informs and guides decision makers in many other fields, offers a sound methodology to incorporate the most recent knowledge into current practice. It allows an integrated identification and analysis of all expected damages and losses to cultural property and a mitigation strategy to reduce these risks. It thus provides a useful tool for the design of more efficient conservation strategies.

Since 2005 ICCROM, CCI and RCE (formerly ICN) have worked on developing and disseminating the risk management approach for cultural heritage and have organized six joint courses. The most recent course in 2011 included, for the first time, a substantial distance-learning component to enable participants to apply the risk management approach in their own working and cultural context. The method and tools that have been developed for the course proved to be applicable for all types of heritage, ranging from single wall painting and large collections to historic buildings and archaeological sites.

This meeting is the conclusion of the successful cooperation. The aim of the meeting is to synthesize and share knowledge and experience with former participants of the ICCROM-CCI-RCE international courses and exchange it with others who are interested in risk management. The meeting aims to consolidate and expand the risk network and explore new directions for the future.

Wednesday 28 November 2012
Theme 1: Methods, Techniques and Tools

Thursday 29 November 2012
Theme 2: Risk Management in Practice

Friday 30 November 2012
Theme 3: Values and Communication and

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