The GCI is pleased to announce the 19th International Course on Stone Conservation to be held at ICCROM in Rome, April 15–July 3, 2015 and co-organized by ICCROM in cooperation with the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.
This is the third time that the course will take place at ICCROM providing participants direct access to its laboratories and library. The course will also take advantage of the distinguished architectural heritage of Rome and its legacy of stone conservation practice.
The International Course on Stone Conservation has long served a vital educational role in the conservation profession by offering an accessible and intensive format in which to learn theoretical and practical methodologies for stone conservation. It has also provided a constructive and intimate forum for international professionals to meet and exchange ideas about the conservation practices and challenges in their home countries.
The 2015 course (SC15) will build upon the rich history and experiences of the previous courses and will expand to address the evolving needs of practicing conservation professionals.
Course Description and Methodology
In content and structure, the course has been developed to address the following topics and skills as they pertain to stone conservation:
• conservation theory and principles
• stone mineralogical and physical characteristics
• stone as a building material—use and construction
• mechanisms of decay—material and structural
• methods of recording for documentation and analysis
• methods of analytical investigation
• planning and selection of conservation interventions
• maintenance and preventive conservation
• multi-disciplinary teamwork in conservation
• developing and managing a stone conservation project
• regional issues in stone conservation
The course will be conducted through pre-course reading, classroom lectures and discussions, group work, participant presentations, laboratory research, fieldwork exercises, and site visits. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on applied methodologies and practical applications through problem based learning. Participants will be given ample opportunities to test and apply the theories and lessons taught in the readings and in the classroom to actual conservation scenarios. For an overview of the course content, see the SC13 course curriculum (PDF, 12pp., 179KB). Modifications to the content and sequence for SC15 should be anticipated.
The instructors will be an international group of recognized heritage conservation professionals who will represent a diverse array of perspectives, based on their specialized expertise.
The course is designed for a maximum of twenty participants and is open to conservators-restorers, architects, archaeologists, conservation scientists, engineers, and other professionals involved in stone conservation, preferably with a minimum of five years practical working experience in the field.
In selecting participants for the 2015 course, preference will be given to heritage conservation professionals in the public sector, trainers of conservation professionals, and those in a position to disseminate the knowledge gained during the course to a wider audience. As the course will be conducted in English, demonstrated English-language proficiency is a requirement.
How to Apply
Application materials and course details are available on the ICCROM web site. Applications are due August 1, 2014. For further inquiry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GCI Team Members
Susan Macdonald, Head, Field Projects
Benjamin Marcus, Project Specialist
Luann Manning, Project Coordinator
Related articles in the GCI newsletter
2013 International Course on Stone Conservation Concludes (Fall 2013)
International Course on Stone Conservation Held (Fall 2009)
Friends of the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome Newsletter (Spring 2012)
Getty Voices: The Stones of Rome (June 13, 2013)
Last updated: March 2014