Updates on COVID-19 risk factors and impact on Cultural Heritage

Does COVID-19 Affect Cultural Heritage?

By Cristina Escudero, conservator of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Coordinator of the Emergency Unit for Cultural Heritage of the Region Castilla y León (UGRECYL)

Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid) ©Benito Arnaez
Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid) ©Benito Arnaez

I suppose more than one person will be surprised by this question since despite the evolving concept of “cultural heritage” that has considerably broadened particularly in recent decades, the general public still relates to cultural heritage in terms of the material components that form part of it, such as buildings, altarpieces, paintings, tapestries, old documents, and so on. Starting from this premise, for example, nobody would ever imagine the damned virus penetrating wood, stone or a piece of fabric; that is to say, affecting the constituent materials of the works of historical artistic interest… or could such a nightmare be imaginable? Read more

ICCROM’s Tools for Identifying Risks, Monitoring Impacts, Assessing Needs caused by COVID-19 global crisis


By Aparna Tandon, Senior Programme Leader, First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, ICCROM
ICCROM in collaboration with its alumni network has prepared templates for creating forms for monitoring impacts, assessing secondary risks as well as needs stemming from the ongoing pandemic. Share, customise and test them in order to gather data and help communities and governments to understand the impacts of this pandemic. Read more

Negative Consequences of COVID-19 for Cultural Assets in Turkey

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts – İstanbul

By Dr.Deniz GÜNDOĞDU (ATASAGUN), Restorer Architect (MSc.) and Disaster Management (PhD) at Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism
During these hard times for people’s health and security, a major duty of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is to consider the possible aftermath of this health crisis. Considering any unwise management of our fragile material cultural heritage caused by this worldwide crisis and facing its possible consequences is a good attempt at avoiding the worst outcome. Read more