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Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

AIC continues to support the goals of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq to rebuild Iraq’s cultural heritage and professional capacity. The Institute was initiated through a grant from the US Embassy in Baghdad in 2008 as part of the larger Iraqi Cultural Heritage Project.

The Institute’s primary areas of focus are:

  •  To serve preservation and training needs throughout Iraq
  • To assist with the establishment of a professional environment within Iraq’s Museums
  • To support their core objectives of preservation and scholarship
  • To provide opportunities for professional development and capacity building for Iraq’s museums and antiquities staff

The Institute now has its own dedicated building containing separate conservation, historic preservation and documentation laboratories and dormitory housing for students. 

How You Can Help

AIC has helped the Institute by encouraging its members to build the collections of the Institute’s library.  The Institute’s partners (University of Delaware, Walters Museum, and Winterthur Museum) are asking for further donations. This is one meaningful way we can all individually contribute to this important project.  Books are collected by The University of Delaware where they have a book plate added, indicating in English, Arabic, and Kurdish who donated the book.

Donate a Book
Please send a list of your potential book donations to Vicki Cassman (vcassman@udel.edu). If you have a book or would like to order a book, please send it to the address below.

C/O Vicki Cassman
The Department of Art Conservation
18 E. Main St. -303 Old College
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716-2515

Many thanks to all who have already contributed over 250 books!


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More About This Initiative


For more information about the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, visit the following links:

"UD to help restore Iraq's cultural treasures" (UD Daily, 7/10/09)

"Iraq Cultural Heritage Project" (U.S. State Department website)

"Walters, Winterthur and University of Delaware Assist in the Creation of Conservation and Historic Preservation Institute in Erbil, Iraq" (Walters Art Museum Press Release)

"Iraq National Museum Gets New American Aid" (Newsweek, 10/20/08)

Iraqi Institute (University of Delaware website)


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