International training on rescuing cultural heritage and museum collections has started in Sarajevo

28 young heritage and museum professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Hezegovina, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are attending a three-week long training on preserving and rescuing museum collections, heritage sites and intangible heritage in disaster situations. 

“International Training on Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage” is organised by joint efforts of the three sister organisations of the Foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

It has stared in Sarajevo, at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where will be held the first week of the training (from 7th to 12th November). The training continues in Prishtina in Kosovo (from 13th to 20th November), and the final, third week, will be held in Gjirokastra in Albania (from 21st to 27th November).

The programme combines both theoretical lectures from regional and international experts with practical field exercises designed to reflect situation and test participants’ knowledge. The goal of the training is for heritage professionals to learn practical skills for protecting and rescuing museum collections, heritage sites and intangible heritage before, during and afterward disaster situation.

In the first week of the training, the participants will study different ways and strategies of preserving heritage and museum collections, identify risks of heritage devastation, learn about first aid to saving valuable artefacts and take part in a disaster simulation exercise.

The training is organised within the regional project Balkan Cultural Aid Response for Emergencies (B+CARE). B+CARE is a platform founded in March 2016, in order to inspire, train and coordinate volunteers for the work of preparing for and assisting in cultural emergencies.

The training is funded by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development from the Netherlands and the Government of Sweden.

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