The Historical Archive Cologne, Blue Shield Germany and TH Cologne, CICSA are organising a seminar on Cultural property protection: The emergency! And now? It will take place on 1st July at the Cologne Historical Archive, Cologne. Registration and the event programme are available on the website of Blue Shield Germany.
Blue Shield Iceland is holding a symposium on 5th May at the National Archives in Reykjavík. Entitled Protecting Cultural Values: A Joint Responsibility, the symposium will outline BS Iceland’s aims for 2022, before discussing a range of topics including the effect of gas pollution on cultural monuments, and the protection of relics and monuments from natural disasters like landslides and volcanic eruptions. The event is free to attend and the full agenda, as well as a link to register, is available on BS Iceland’s website.
On 12th May a webinar by ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Committee, entitled A World at War: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict, will be given by the President of the US Committee, Patty Gerstenblith. The event is free to attend, and registration is available on the ASOR website.
In February, Blue Shield Ireland Chair Zoë Reid gave an online lunchtime talk for the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland about the work of the work of the Blue Shield in Ireland and internationally.
On 7th March the Pygarmed branch of Blue Shield France held a study day with the Haute Garonne emergency services for around 50 participants. The participants included museum officials, architects specialising in cultural heritage, and university students, and the event covered a wide range of topics relating to the safeguarding of cultural property. A link to the programme is available on France BS’s website.
Blue Shield Poland held a conference entitled Purpose: Heritage. Protection of cultural assets – Polish responses to current challenges on 21st April in Krakow. This presented the results of the two-year project Intersectoral challenges: specialist for the protection of cultural heritage in the event of a crisis and war – developing a postgraduate study program, dedicated to employees operating on the borderline of fields (2020-2022). The President of the Polish Committee of the Blue Shield and participant of the project, Krysztof Sałaciński, gave a talk at the conference entitled Implementation of tasks for the protection of cultural heritage under war conditions. A follow-up workshop – Monument protection plan in the event of a crisis and armed conflict – theory and practice – also took place on 22nd April. This is part of BS Poland’s wider work to support Ukraine.
USCBS held their annual meeting on 24th and 25th March with discussions taking place on the implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention and current events in international cultural heritage protection. A number of distinguished speakers gave talks that will be online shortly. The full programme is available online.