Call for Applications - First Aid Course to Heritage in Times of Crisis

From May 23 - June 24, 2016 a new edition of the international training First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis will be held in Washington DC, USA. The four-week course imparts practical skills and knowledge for taking simple measures to secure and stabilize endangered cultural heritage during complex emergency situations.

Participants of the 2015 edition of the training during the final simulation exercise.

In situations like an evolving armed conflict, or the aftermath of a natural disaster, many different types of professionals respond. The training provides strategies for interlocking culture specialists with humanitarian specialists during these situations and aims to unify the sometimes conflicting perspectives. Goal is the recovery and stabilization of cultural material, which in turn can become a driver for peace and holistic development and allows people to cope in a crisis.

The course will be organized by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the Smithsonian Institution, with support of the Dutch Prince Claus Fund.  In 2015 the course was organized by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and these same partners.

The application deadline for the course is November 9, 2015.

Download the full announcement here.