The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage preserves the legacy of humanity contained in the unique cultural heritage of Iraq. It accomplishes this through educating people in conservation and preservation and by inviting professionals from around the world to share their expertise.
Iraq's people share the heritage of ancient Mesopotamia, the “cradle of Western civilization.” Human history is chronicled in sites and museums throughout the country, including the famed temples of Babylon, the Assyrian capital of Nineveh, and the spiral minaret at Samarra. Since 2008, the IICAH has been training Iraq's museum and heritage professionals in the preservation and conservation of their national treasures in a state-of-the-art educational facility offering international-standard programs taught by international experts. IICAH participants include men and women, Arabs and Kurds, Muslims and Christians, Sunni and Shia from across Iraq—all drawn together by a shared passion for the preservation of one of the world's oldest civilizations and home to some of mankind’s most ancient artifacts.
The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage is a collaboration between the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, the Kurdistan Regional Government, the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, U.S. Department of State, Winterthur Museum, University of Delaware, Walters Art Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Arizona. Beginning with a 2008 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, IICAH has established itself as the premier academic facility for cultural heritage management in Iraq and the entire region. Read more
IICAH partners: Getty Conservation Institute Iraqi State Board, Antiquities & Heritage Kurdistan Regional Government The Walters Art Museum Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Cultural Heritage Center US Embassy Baghdad University of Arizona University of Delaware, ARTC University of Delaware, IGS
Featuring three programs with over 130 students since 2009, IICAH’s robust curriculum is helping guide Iraq’s future leaders in heritage management. Curriculum paths include a Collections Conservation Program, Architectural and Site Conservation Program, and the new Archaeological Site Preservation Course. Read more
IICAH participants are taught by and work with internationally recognized conservators, archaeologists, and museum professionals. Read more
Learn how the old Erbil city library was transformed into a state-of-the-art conservation teaching center. Read more
Since its inception, the IICAH has drawn positive attention from the media. Click here for a look at recent articles about IICAH and to access press releases featuring the institute.
RUDAW, April 2014: They come from all corners of Iraq—men and women, Arabs and Kurds, Muslims and Christians, Sunnis and Shiites —a microcosm of the ethnic diversity that encapsulates the country. And though there is many a difference among them, they are united by their shared passion of preserving one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Read more
Iraq-business news, March 2014: More than 60 Iraqi professionals are participating in two week-long workshops during January and April led by Dr. Nancy Odegaard and Mr. Arthur Vokes of the Arizona State Museum. The program consists of two workshops – one for Iraq’s senior administrators who direct the care of artifacts at museums and sites and who set policy for management, and another for museum staff and site managers who organize, inventory, catalogue, store, and preserve collected materials. Read more