Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific


ICCROM Internship | Anna Nelson

My name is Anna Nelson and I am a graduate of the Master of Cultural Heritage course, Deakin University. Recently, I had the opportunity to undertake an internship with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), in Rome. During my internship, I assisted with the planning and implementation of the Conservation of the Built Heritage Course (CBH12) held in March / April 2012.

Assisting with CBH12, I had the opportunity to interact with heritage professionals from around the world, including 22 participants and approximately 40 resource personnel. Their diverse perspectives and experiences highlighted the complex challenges faced by our cultural heritage, and the range of management and technical approaches adopted in response. As an intern, I was also able to participate in the course - attending lectures, site visits and participating in group work exercises - broadening (and at times challenging) my understanding of contemporary cultural heritage theory and practice.

Highlights of the course included site visits, lectures and practical exercises at heritage places in and around Rome: the Colosseum; Basilica Santa Cecilia, Trastevere; 'scavi' San Pietro, Vatican; Santa Maria Antiqua, Roman Forum; Ara Pacis; and Terme di Caracalla.

Beyond Rome, our field trips extended to Florence, Naples and Herculaneum. In Florence we had the honour of a series of on-site lectures on historic vaulting and roof structures by Prof. Gennaro Tampone. The course culminated with a special module on 'World Heritage and Sustainable Development', held predominantly in and around the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Here we worked on several case studies to develop potential management approaches, which consider the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the site and surrounds, and explore the link between heritage conservation and sustainable development.

Overall, this was an amazing personal experience, an invaluable professional development opportunity, and hey I got to live in Rome for a few months!

CBH12 participants, Florence. Site lecture, Santa Maria Antiqua, Roman Forum Site Tour, Colosseum, Rome.



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10th August 2012