Institutions for preservation of cultural heritage
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|AAM – American Association of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums) is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. We support 30,000 museums, individuals and companies by: developing standards and best, practices, providing resources and career development, advocating for museums to thrive
|AASLH – American Association for State and Local History
History is a calling, and AASLH is where you join others who share that calling. AASLH is more than just information. It’s a relationship, a family, and a community. No other national association answers the needs of history professionals the way AASLH does. Our services are affordable, comprehensive, and visionary. AASLH is proud to serve all-volunteer run museums, national historical institutions, and everyone in between. We offer diverse programs and services that meet the needs of all our members while progressively advancing the goals and standards of the field of state and local history.
|AIA – Archaeological Institute of America
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity. The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology. The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.
|AIC – The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.
|ALA – American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. In pursuing our mission, the Association’s core value statements define our deepest aspirations and how we approach our work together. They are:
• Extending and expanding library services in America and around the world
• All types of libraries – academic, public, school and special
• All librarians, library staff, trustees and other individuals and groups working to improve library services
• Member service
• An open, inclusive, and collaborative environment
• Ethics, professionalism and integrity
• Excellence and innovation
• Intellectual freedom
• Social responsibility and the public good
|ANAGPIC – Association of North America Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property
ANAGPIC, the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation, works together to strengthen and advance graduate-level education and training in art and heritage conservation. ANAGPIC meets regularly to provide a venue for the presentation and exchange of graduate student work and research. Student papers and posters are updated regularly.
|APT – Association for Preservation Technology, International
The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross – disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas.
|Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM)
AICCM is the professional organisation for conservators in Australia. We work in museums, art galleries, libraries, archives and in private practice.
AICCM’s membership is made up of professional conservators, conservation students and cultural heritage member organisations. Our membership also includes people who work in related professions, such as archivists, architects, curators and librarians, as well as volunteers and those with a general interest in cultural heritage.
|Association of Danish Museums
The Association of Danish Museums: the museum policy spokesbody in Denmark. The Association of Danish Museums (ODM) is an interest organisation for all museums in Denmark. A total of 169 museums, visitor centres and conservation centres in Denmark are members. The ODM generates political influence and public debate by asking important questions about our common cultural heritage, thus placing the existence of the museums on the political agenda
|Bosnia-Herzegovina Commission to Preserve National Monuments
(Bosna i Hercegovina komisija za očuvanje nacionalnih spomenika)
The Commission to Preserve National Monuments has been granted a Charter for its contribution to the preservation and renovation of the cultural and historical heritage by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Federation of BiH.
The award of the charter concluded this year’s European Heritage Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The closing ceremony was held in the Cultural Centre in Mostar on Thursday 22 July 2004. During the ceremony Gavrilo Grahovac, Minister of Culture of FBiH, presented Charters for their contribution to the preservation and renovation of the cultural and historical heritage to individuals and institutions.
|Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies provides interdisciplinary and continuing education to meet the evolving training needs of individuals who work to preserve historic landscapes, and cultural, historic, and artistic properties. The Campbell Center is dedicated to the utilization and rehabilitation of the historic site of the Frances Shimer Academy.
|Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property
The CAC promotes responsible preservation of the cultural property that gives Canadians a sense of place, of history and of artistic expression.
We promote and serve:
· practitioners & future practitioners
· Individual & institutional collectors
|Canadian Conservation Institute
The Canadian Conservation Institute was created in 1972 to promote the proper care and preservation of Canada’s cultural heritage and to advance the practice, science, and technology of conservation. Since 1992 it has been a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Canadian Heritage, a status which allows it to recover a portion of its expenditures from clients.
CCI advances and promotes the conservation of Canada’s heritage collections through its expertise in conservation science, treatment and preventive conservation. CCI works with heritage institutions and professionals to ensure these heritage collections are preserved and accessible to Canadians now and in the future.
|CCAHA – Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and artifacts on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, as well as related materials such as parchment and papyrus. CCAHA also offers on-site consultation services, educational programs and seminars, internships, and emergency conservation services.
|CHIN – Canadian Heritage Information Network
For more than 40 years, we have been connecting museums with Canadians.
A national centre of expertise, the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) enables Canada’s museums to connect with each other and their audiences through the use of digital technologies.
This commitment has led to the development of products and services that nurture the creation, management, presentation and preservation of Canada’s digital heritage content.
|CIK – Centralni Institut za Konservaciju, Belgrade, Serbia
|Clue+ – Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage
Culture, cognition, history and heritage are central concerns of contemporary society, of relevance to all social domains and at all geographical scales. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam interfaculty Research Institute CLUE+ brings together top researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines to jointly investigate these concerns and to reflect upon and formulate strategies towards societal challenges. Following the general VU profile themes, the focus is on challenges in the realm of connectedness, sustainability and governance.
With interdisciplinary projects addressing these topics in novel ways and with innovative techniques, CLUE+ aims to provide an inspiring research climate for young academic talents. Its international orientation makes it an ideal partner for fellow research institutes and for public organisations active in the arenas of culture, cognition, history and heritage, both within Europe and neighbouring regions.
|CLIR – Commission on Preservation and Access, now Council on Library and Information Resources
The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.
CLIR aspires to transform the information landscape to support the advancement of knowledge.
CLIR promotes forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.
In pursuing its mission, CLIR is committed to:
Cultivating effective leadership
Capitalizing on strategic opportunities
|Croatian Conservation Institute
(Hrvatski Restauratorski Zavod)
The main activity of the Croatian Conservation Institute is conservation and restoration of immovable cultural goods (architectural heritage, wall paintings and mosaics, stone sculptures and stucco), movable cultural goods (easel paintings, wooden polychrome sculptures, furniture, art on paper, artworks of leather, and items of textile or metal), archaeological heritage, and other objects of cultural, historical or technical significance.
|ICOMOS – Polska
|Croatian Conservation-Restoration Association
(Hrvatsko Rauratorsko društvo)
|Cultural and Educational Technology Institute
|Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
|ENCoRE – European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education
ENCoRE is a network organisation of higher educational institutions in the field of conservation – restoration.
A main objective of ENCoRE is to promote research and education in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
ENCoRE was founded in 1997 with the main objective to promote research and education in the field of cultural heritage, based on the directions and recommendations given in the Professional Guidelines of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organisation E.C.C.O. and the Document of Pavia of October 1997. Currently ENCoRE has 41 full members and 1 associate members from among the leading conservation-restoration study programmes in Europe. In addition, 26 leading institutions and organisations working in the field of cultural heritage protection and research are partners of the network.
OUR VISION & VALUES
Gone are the days when people learned about history simply from reading books. People are increasingly looking for experiences that bring history to life in an engaging way and nothing beats standing on the spot where history happened. We offer a hands-on experience that will inspire and entertain people of all ages. Our work is informed by enduring values of authenticity, quality, imagination, responsibility and fun. Our vision is that people will experience the story of England where it really happened.
|Europen Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments
|Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas
|GCI – The Getty Conservation Institute
The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Getty Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.
|IADA – International Association of Book and Paper Conservators
Journal of Paper Conservation
|ICA – Intermuseum Conservation Association, Cleveland USA
ICA – Art Conservation (ICA) was the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center. The organization was founded in 1952 by the directors of six major Midwestern museums to provide professional, high quality, and cost effective art conservation services. The ICA was the model used by the National Endowment for the Arts, when it began dispersing start-up funding to create a network of similar centers across the United States in 1971.
ICCROM is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage. We are an intergovernmental organization at the service of our Member States.
In an age in which economies, cities and ideas are rapidly evolving within a globalized world, cultural heritage provides roots and a sense of identity to communities and individuals. It is the essence of what makes us human and is a part of our daily lives.
|ICOM – International Council of Museums
The International Council of Museums works for society and its development. It is committed to ensuring the conservation, and protection of cultural goods.
Establishing Standards of Excellence
ICOM sets standards for museums in design, management and collections organisation. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is a reference in the global museum community. It establishes minimum standards for professional practices and achievements for museums and their employees. By joining ICOM, each member is committed to respecting this code.
Leading a Diplomatic Forum
ICOM is officially associated with multilateral international conventions on heritage. As a diplomatic forum made up of 136 countries and territories, it gathers international professionals, renowned for their contribution to culture.
Developing the professional network
With more than 35,000 members, ICOM is a unique professional network of institutions and museum professionals. ICOM brings together museum experts to discuss various museum-related themes.
Leading a Global Think Tank
ICOM’s 30 International Committees conduct advanced research in their respective fields for the benefit of the museum community. They discuss and reflect on museum-and heritage-related issues.
ICOM carries out its international missions thanks to international mandates in association with partners such as UNESCO, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
|ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites
COMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is a global non-governmental organization associated with UNESCO. Its mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites. He participates in the development of doctrine, evolution and distribution of ideas, conducts advocacy. ICOMOS is the Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO. As such, it reviews the nominations of cultural world heritage of humanity and ensures the conservation status of properties.
Its creation in 1965 is the logical outcome of the first interviews as architects, historians and international experts have begun early in the twentieth century and that had materialized in the adoption of the Charter of Venice in 1964. In light of numerous studies, conferences, symposia and discussions led by its National Committees and International Scientific Committees, ICOMOS has gradually built through philosophical and doctrinal heritage internationally.
|ICON – Institute of Conservation
The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is a registered charity and the professional body for the conservation of our cultural heritage.
Icon raises awareness of the cultural, social and economic value of caring for heritage and champions high standards of conservation.
We represent nearly 3,000 individuals and organisations. Icon’s membership incorporates not only professional conservators and conservation scientists, but many others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage. Most of our members are UK-based but many also work internationally.
|IIC – International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
|INCCA – International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art
INCCA members are dedicated to developing, sharing and preserving knowledge needed for the conservation of modern and contemporary art. INCCA is a network of like-minded professionals connected to the conservation of modern and contemporary art. Conservators, curators, scientists, registrars, archivists, art historians, artists, educators and students are among our members.
|Institute for the Preservation of Culture, History and Natural Heritage
The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), established by a transformational gift from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin (’78), is dedicated to advancing the field of heritage science while also improving the science and practice of art conservation. Existing at the crossroads between technology and the humanities, the Institute is home to state-of-the-art conservation studios, research laboratories, and a digital heritage department. Led by Inaugural Director Stefan Simon, IPCH engages in cutting-edge research and teaching in a multidisciplinary setting as well as works closely with Yale’s collections and academic programs.
Intitute for Monuments and Conservation, Toruń, Poland
Instytut Zabytkoznawstwa i Konserwatorstwa, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
|International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies (IIRPS)
In this program we explore the city of Athens and the layers of history left by the passage of time, from a prehistoric settlement to the present modern city, while also investigating how Athenians deal with the challenges of preserving their extensive cultural heritage, both ancient and new.
The aim of this program is to discover both old and new Athens through a series of lectures and visits to monuments, museums and significant city neighborhoods led by some of the top conservators, archaeologists, architects and city planners who are and have been involved with the process of creating, studying and preserving the city.
|KIK-IRPA – Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
Established in 1948, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage is one of ten scientific institutions falling within the competence of the Federal Ministry of Scientific Policy. KIK-IRPA is committed to the inventory, the scientific study, the conservation and the promotion of the country’s artistic and cultural property. The Institute, whose chief mission is research and public service, represents a unique instrument for the heritage of our country, both movable and immovable.
|Lunder Conservation Center
At the Lunder Conservation Center, visitors have the unique opportunity to see conservators at work in five different laboratories and studios. The Center features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that allow the public to view all aspects of conservation work— work that is traditionally done behind the scenes at other museums and conservation centers. Interactive kiosks and special displays make it easy for visitors to learn about the importance of conservation and show how to take an active role in caring for public art and monuments, as well as how to care for personal treasures at home.
|Interacademic Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Poland
MIK – Międzyuczelniany Instytut Konserwacji i Restauracji Dzieł Sztuki
The institute collaborates with the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń, the Military University of Technology in Warsaw and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. The Institute was conceived to link scientific research with conservation work at the highest level of workmanship.
The Institute’s Scientific Council brings together the most outstanding conservators representing three Polish centers forming conservators at an academic level. The Interacademic Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Art in Kraków and Warsaw functions since December 1999. Currently, its statutory fields are:
– Integration of Polish post-secondary level schools forming conservators and restorers
|National Archives Preservation
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
|National Centre for Culture Poland
National Centre for Culture Poland (NCC; Polish: Narodowe Centrum Kultury) is a cultural institution with 60 years of tradition, which has been operating under its present name since 2002. The focus of the Centre is on developing and professionalizing the cultural sector by raising the qualifications and skills of managers, animators and other professionals through a variety of trainings conducted by Polish and international experts as well as through education and exchange programmes. At the same time the National Centre for Culture aims to maintain and promote national and state traditions along with Polish cultural heritage and also to foster cultural education and nurture interest in culture and art.
|National Heritage Board of Poland
(Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa)
The National Heritage Board of Poland is a state agency that gathers and disseminates information on heritage, sets standards for its protection and conservation, and aims to raise the social awareness on cultural heritage of Poland in order to save it for future generations in accordance with the strategy for sustainable development.
|National Preservation Institute
The mission of the National Preservation Institute (NPI) is to educate those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI was founded in 1980 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
|NCPTT – National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.
|NIMOZ – National Institute for Museums and Care for Collections
(Narodowy Instytut Muzealnictwa i Ochrony Zbiorów)
NIMOZ is a state agency, established in 2011 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. We are responsible for creating and implementing national policy for museums and assisting them in their development. We also continue the work of our predecessor agency, addressing the protection of movable heritage, including export licensing procedures, and maintaining The National Register of Stolen or Illegally Exported Objects of Historical Value.
Our mission is to foster development and innovation in the management of museums and public collections in Poland.
Our mission is achieved by:
• examining and proposing legislative solutions,
• granting support to museum institutions in all spheres of their activity,
• devising modern scientific, management and educational programmes
• amassing and popularising knowledge,
• building and updating an integrated system of information about museums and collections.
|NECA – New England Conservation Association
The New England Conservation Association (NECA) is a collegial group of individuals from the New England region who are interested in all aspects of art conservation. NECA hosts an annual series of interesting and topical meetings where members can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in conservation, enjoy refreshments with friends and colleagues, and see behind the scenes in area labs and studios. Annual workshops are organized to provide hands-on opportunities for specialized interests with a rotating subject matter.
|NEDCC – Northeast Document Conservation Center
The Northeast Document Conservation Center, founded in 1973 as a non-profit conservation center devoted to the conservation and preservation of paper based materials, has as its mission: to improve the conservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality services to institutions without in-house conservation facilities or those that seek specialized expertise; and to provide leadership in the preservation and conservation fields.
|Northern States Conservation Center
The Northern States Conservation Center emphasizes practical solutions to common collection care problems. We believe conservation treatment is part of a process that preserves our cultural heritage. Without well-trained institutional caretakers, environmental controls, and monitoring systems that alert staff to potentially damaging situations, conservation treatment is a waste of precious funds.
We offer training, consultation on museum expansion and new construction, support in grant writing and editing, and regular updates on developments in collection care. Additionally we offer skilled conservation treatment to stabilize and repair damaged artifacts of all types: three-dimensional objects, works of art on paper, books, paintings, sculpture, furniture and photographs. We use a process called phased conservation to assess the current environment, devise a plan of action to address problem areas, survey specific collection objects, and develop and perform treatment as needed. The results benefit the entire collection.
|NTHP – National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. We are the cause that inspires Americans to save the places where history happened. The cause that connects us to our diverse pasts, weaving a multi-cultural nation together. The cause that transforms communities from places where we live into places that we love. As the leading voice for preservation, we are the cause for people saving places.
|NYRAC – New York Regional Association for Conservation
New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC) has an educational mandate to advance public knowledge about and encourage the study of conservation techniques. New discoveries of researchers as well as innovative methods of practitioners are given a forum for discussion and dissemination. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice adopted by the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works form the criteria used in selecting presenters and topics for presentation.
NYRAC is dedicated to promoting the preservation of cultural property. To this end, lectures and workshops are organized for participation by the conservation community in the New York metropolitan area as well as throughout the United States. Programs have been held at educational facilities such a s the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University; the Architectural Preservation department of Columbia University; the Decorative Arts Conservation program of Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York; and the Uris Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Graduate conservation students and faculty members make up a significant portion of the participants. Lecturers and instructors are noted specialists in the field of art conservation and allied professions.
|Research Centre for Islamic Art, Culture and Conservation
RCICA is an international institution active in the fields of research, publishing, documentation and information. Its mandate covers multifarious themes in the fields of the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam, and other subject areas in Islamic culture and civilisation. By means of these activities, IRCICA aims at studying and better introducing the Islamic culture and civilisation throughout the world and acting as a catalyst for research and cooperation in these areas to promote mutual understanding between Muslims and with other nations and cultures of the world.
|Swedish Film Institute
The Swedish Film Institute works to promote film across the board – from idea to finished product, during launch in Sweden and around the world, and by preserving films for posterity in our archives.
PreserveNet is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities. Established in 1994 by Cornell University’s Michael Tomlan and Bob Pick, PreserveNet was the result of a collaborative effort by preservation students of various universities interested in providing preservation information in what was then a new and exciting arena, the internet. Continually updated and expanded since its establishment, PreserveNet utilizes the many internet resources of various preservation organizations and maintains a current listing of professional and educational opportunities.
|Regional Alliance for Preservation, USA
RAP is a national network of nonprofit organizations with expertise in the field of conservation and preservation. Through coordinated outreach activities, educational programs, and publications, RAP organizations foster awareness about preserving our cultural heritage.
RAP members present training programs, provide conservation and preservation services, create publications to assist institutions in caring for their collections, and provide free technical advice to collecting institutions across the country.
|Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is registered as a private nonprofit foundation in the United States. The Institute sponsors activities and programs with a primary focus on preservation, transmission, and instruction of Persian culture as defined below. To execute its mission, the Institute develops initiatives that provide support for partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and institutions such as schools, universities, libraries, museums, and private sector donors that share its goals in support of Persian culture.
|SAA – Society of American Archivists
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association.
VISION: The Society of American Archivists enables archivists to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value.
MISSION: SAA promotes the values and diversity of archives and archivists. We are the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists.
|Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation Analytical Laboratory
The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. MCI combines knowledge of materials and the history of technology with state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects. Through its Healthy Environments, Healthy Practices, Healthy Collections initiative and the training program Preventing Illicit Trafficking – Protecting Cultural Heritage, MCI responds to the threats that will affect cultural heritage in multiple and complex ways, including developing and using less invasive and less damaging materials and procedures for collection conservation and supporting U.S. agencies and the museum community in protecting cultural heritage from looting and theft.
|SPNHC – Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections [SPNHC] is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society.
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|The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) is an independent non-profit institution dedicated to preservation and sustainable management of cultural heritage.
NIKU conducts research and provides professional services for cultural heritage authorities, public administration agencies, churches, museums, property developers, owners of art and historic buildings, and international clients. The institute’s main areas of expertise are conservation of art and buildings, archaeology, cultural heritage in the High North, and spatial planning for embracing cultural heritage in public and commercial development.
|The Thor Heyerdahl Institute
The Institute endeavours to promote and continue to develop Thor Heyerdahl’s ideas and principles within the following areas:
– Interdisciplinary research
– International dialogue / multi-cultural co-operation
– Protection of the global environment
The Institute was founded in the year 2000 and is located in Heyerdahl’s birthplace, Larvik. Vestfold County Council and Larvik Municipality have paved the way by granting financial support to the Institute every year since its foundation.
From 2006 onwards The Thor Heyerdahl Institute has also been granted direct funding through the Norwegian State budget. It has developed well and is involved in local, regional, national and international projects.
|UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
n 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.
UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity, by:
Mobilizing for education: so that every child, boy or girl, has access to quality education as a fundamental human right and as a prerequisite for human development.
Building intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.
Pursuing scientific cooperation: such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements, to strengthen ties between nations and societies.
Protecting freedom of expression: an essential condition for democracy, development and human dignity.
|US/ICOMOS – International Council of Monuments and Sites, U.S. Committee
The U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) is one of numerous national committees forming a worldwide alliance for the study and conservation of historic buildings, districts, and sites. It is the focus of international cultural resources exchange in the United States, working to share preservation information and expertise worldwide. It also highlights and interprets the unique American preservation system: the partnership between private organizations and federal, state, and local governments, and the cooperation between the academic community, professionals and civic volunteers. The U.S. National Committee is one of the largest national committees of ICOMOS.
|VdR – Verband der der Restauratoren
|VoCA – Voices in Contemporary Art
Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and interdisciplinary programming to address the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art. Though based in New York City, VoCA is a mobile organization, partnering with institutions both nationally and across the globe to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops.
|WCG – Washington Conservation Guild
The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for professional conservators, students, and others interested in the conservation and preservation of art and historic materials. WCG was founded in 1967 to promote the increase and exchange of conservation knowledge.
The Guild offers a forum for sharing conservation information and interacting with colleagues through a program of monthly lecture meetings (October through May), a dynamic website, a Facebook page, a membership directory, outreach activities, informal gatherings, intern/fellow activities, and occasional workshops and special lectures.
|WMF – World Monuments Fund
World Monuments Fund is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by individuals concerned about the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. Now celebrating 50 years, World Monuments Fund has orchestrated over 600 projects in 90 countries. Today, with affiliate organizations established in Britain, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain — World Monuments Fund sponsors an ongoing program for the conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. The World Monuments Watch, a global program launched in 1995 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of World Monuments Fund, aims to identify imperiled cultural heritage sites and direct financial and technical support for their preservation.