Why This Course?
New lessons are learned with each crisis that affect heritage sites and objects of cultural significance. The conservation of heritage structures and objects is a systematic process that helps organizations understand and prioritize actions to minimize heritage loss and preserve existing limited heritage resources.
Educational institutions like any other cultural heritage organization, need local and sustainable conservation strategies that can empower both teachers and students. Professional heritage workers must coordinate these strategies with universities at the practice level to know the basic and advanced measures for securing and stabilizing damaged cultural heritage structures and objects.
After the training, participants will be invited to submit proposals that may include training workshops. The goal is to share knowledge gained at the training program with other educators and students, and to strengthen capacities in the conservation of movable and immovable heritage objects at the regional and national levels.
Course Objectives and Expected Results
The main purpose of the training program is to train educators and create an effective heritage task force among schools and universities in the conservation of heritage structures and objects and management of risks to cultural heritage recognized at the regional and/or national levels. The training will focus on the following topics:
- International Documents on Conservation
- Heritage Materials in the Philippines
- Conservation Materials/Supplies
- Documentation and Examination Techniques
- Conservation of Rare Documents
- Conservation of Textiles
- Conservation of Wood
- Conservation of Metals
- Conservation of Stone
- Basic Conservation of Painting
- Conservation of Monuments
- Conservation Project Management
- Collections Management
- Display, Storage and Handling Techniques
The training will include lectures addressing theory and principles along with practical sessions and hands-on exercises, and thus requires active participation. These will be in the form of interactive lectures, demonstrations, presentations, group discussions, site visits and case studies. Simulation of emergency situations throughout the course will enhance participants’ skills to work in teams, negotiate protection of cultural heritage and take appropriate action during a time of stress and chaos.