Participants to the 9th regional training for South Caucasus Museums  © Georgia BS, 2019

In the 9th regional training for South Caucasus Museums – “Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis” organized by ICOM Georgia and taking place at Georgian National Museum, between July 17-19th, Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield was involved as a partner organization.

During the training, the Chair of the National Committee of the Blue Shield, Manana Tevzadze led sessions on the 1954 Hague Convention and the International Committee of the Blue Shield, on the activities of the Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield regarding the protection of cultural heritage in emergency situations and introduced to the audience a study prepared by GNCBS on Preparedness for emergency situations at Georgian museums, archives and libraries.

On July 18th, Manana Tevzadze, Maryam Kalkhitashvili and Irakli Kobulia of GNCBS, delivered a lecture on principles of emergency documentation and evacuation procedures and led a half-day emergency simulation training, followed by discussion and feedback from trainers and participants.

The regional project was organized by ICOM Georgia – საქართველო in collaboration with ICOM Disaster Risk Management Committee, namely chair of ICOM/DRMC, director of Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative Corine Wegener. The project was carried out with the support of Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia.

The project was funded within International Council of Museums – ICOM Support to Network 2019 – ICOM Projects and Co-funded by Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia.

From the left: Manana Tevzadze delivering a lecture; participants to the emergency simulation training  © Georgia BS, 2019