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Smithsonian CULTURAL RESCUE INITIATIVE

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis: Culture Cannot Wait!

30 March - 24 April, 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


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In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Hague Convention, an inaugural partnership of The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and the Smithsonian Institution led to an expansion and re-development of ICCROM's established First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict course into the first First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis course for 2015 (FAC15).

Watch the final simulation exercise of the First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) training course held in the Netherlands in April 2015.

Discover more about the First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis program by downloading our report, and read more information about the 2015 FAC. 

Read a summary of FAC 2015, written in the annual report of our host, the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.

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 (2015)

This infographic visually illustrates the key components of a cultural first aid process: Context Analysis, On-Site Survey, and Security and Stabilization Actions.

A project summary of the most recent FAC. In this report, see the program of the course, its main objectives, background statistics of the course participants, and summaries of course activities – including the final simulation!

A list of useful sources that were selected for each FAC session.

Compiled terms with definitions sourced from standard field references.


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