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.
Wall Street Journal, December 2013: Perhaps the most succinct statement of the conservator's creed comes from . . . IICAH's press materials: "Iraq holds the esteemed position as the birthplace of Western Civilization. With that distinction comes a responsibility for all of us to save our past for future generations." Read more
UDaily, May 2013: Last month, over 50 Iraqi professionals assembled at IICAH to share their thoughts and recommendations on the institute's goals and accomplishments. Read more
UDaily, January 2013: At the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, 18 museum professionals proudly stepped forward to receive University of Delaware certificates from Abdullah Korsheed, director, and Jessica S. Johnson, academic director, at recent graduation ceremonies in Erbil, Iraq. Read more