Open Call First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019

A unique opportunity to learn and practice


Culture cannot wait. Whether it is the rescue of the ancient manuscripts in besieged Timbuktu or the careful salvage of destroyed temples in the earthquake that struck the Kathmandu Valley, affected communities will always strive to protect their cultural heritage following an emergency. But where does one start?

Are you interested in learning how to safeguard cultural heritage in times of crisis?

Targeted at professionals working in the fields of humanitarian assistance, civil protection, military and disaster risk management, and those working in the field of cultural heritage, First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019 offers an interconnected learning and field-application opportunity.

The training is based on a field-tested three-step framework for cultural heritage first aid, which can be adapted to any emergency context, whether conflict or disaster. The guiding philosophy of the training is to interlock cultural first aid with humanitarian assistance in order to promote inclusivity and respect for diversity. Together, we will develop a culture of preparedness, ongoing risk management, collaboration and coordination in order to build disaster resilient communities.

Start date: 11 November 2019

End date: 5 December 2019

Deadline to apply:  31 May 2019

Place: Rome, Italy

Working language:  English

Course Fee:  € 900

Scholarships: Once selected, participants who are unable to secure funding from other sources can apply for a partial or full scholarship.

How to Apply? Please read the documents under 'Downloads' below, fill out the application form, and send it to our partners at ICCROM: [email protected]

Organizing partners

In cooperation with Italian cultural heritage and emergency management institutions. This training activity is being offered in the framework of international project, Culture Cannot Wait: Heritage for Peace and Resilience, generously supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

Photo Credits:  Emergency stabilization of a temple in Nepal, 2015, Photo ICCROM. First Aid to Culture Course 2018 (c) Maarten van Haaff