First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis: Culture Cannot Wait!
June 2 - 29, 2016, Washington, D.C., USA
FAC 2016! The International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis was held for the first time in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian from June 2-June 29, 2016. A partnership between the Smithsonian and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the month-long course focused on developing skills and capacity in cultural heritage professionals in the event of a disaster. The 21 participants of the course hailed from 18 different countries and were diverse in both experience and expertise, however, all shared a fierce passion towards the cultural heritage of which they protect and were exceptionally eager to learn. We are incredibly proud of our the FAC 2016 class and look forward to hearing how they will apply what they learned in the course in their respective areas of specialty. All FAC alumni are encouraged to apply to the Cultural Emergency Response (CER) program of the Prince Claus fund for future "first aid" projects.
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Discover more about the First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis program by browsing our course documents, pictures, and other information regarding 2016 FAC. Check back again soon as we continue to upload and publish more information about this year's incredible course.
A overall summary of our FAC 2016 program complete with summaries of sessions, activity highlights, and dozens of photos!
Is it possible to protect cultural heritage during a complex emergency? If yes, then when is the right time to intervene, and who all can help? Seeking answers to these questions is the premise of ICCROM’s international training on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC). Download this document to further learn of the course’s guiding principles and philosophy. Credit: Aparna Tandon, Project Specialist, ICCROM (2016)
This infographic visually illustrates the key components of a cultural first aid process: Context Analysis, On-Site Survey, and Security and Stabilization Actions.
A list of useful sources that were selected for each FAC session.
Compiled terms with definitions sourced from standard field references.
- Check out the free manual Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections [pdf], produced by our partners at ICCROM
- Article about FAC 2016: https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/07/08/first-aid-endangered-cultural-heritage-sites/
- Check out FAC 2015 which was held in the Netherlands, in April 2015: http://culturalrescue.si.edu/projects/training/first-aid-cultural-heritage-times-crisis/
- First Aiders to Cultural Heritage Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209526225769336/