UNESCO supports museum professionals in the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property in the Caribbean
The training offered theoretical knowledge of top-level professors and experts on vital topics for the preservation of the region's tangible heritage and to protect it from a scourge, such as the illicit trafficking of cultural property. Some of them shared their impressions of the seminar:
The formation of networks for the exchange of experiences and collaboration was one of the achievements of this training, according to Sylvia Batty, from the Institute of Archeology of Belize, for whom another lesson learned was that:
For the curator of the UWI Museum in Jamaica, Shani Roper, although she would have liked to have included practical elements as well (something that was not possible due to the health situation derived from the COVID-19 pandemic),
William Helfrecht, curator of collections at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, stated that:
The Dominican Ana Cristina Martínez, Director of the Fortaleza Museum in Santo Domingo, highlighted that, even without being in person,
The course was taught by a dozen prestigious internationally recognized professors, specialists and experts, who delved into topics such as museology, archives and cataloging; conservation; disaster risk preparedness and resilience.
We also received some evaluations from them, such as that of Alissandra Cummins, renowned international expert in heritage, who highlighted:
The specialist offered the possibility of working in the context of the Caribbean Museum Network to permanently access the seminar materials and others on the subject, for the use of professionals in this field.
Professor Andrea Papi, for his part, agreed with the desire of many of the participants by stating that
The specialist of the Culture Program and Officer in charge of UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tatiana Villegas, and the specialist of the Culture Program of UNESCO Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean, Yuri Peshkov, expressed some ideas as a conclusion to the course activities.
Yuri Peshkov, for his part, indicated his satisfaction with the quality of the professors and participants that he noted in this, his first experience in a three-week online training course, and highlighted:
The specialist reiterated the importance that all museum professionals know the UNESCO conventions, as well as the Recommendation on the protection and promotion of museums and collections, their diversity and their role in society, and the reports of the Organization that have been published on the subject.
UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Havana, in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Kingston, was in charge of organizing the course, an initiative that is part of the project “Improving regional cooperation in the fight against trafficking Illicit Cultural Property in Latin America and the Caribbean”, launched jointly by both Offices with the aim of strengthening the capacities of museum staff to guarantee the adequate management, conservation and preservation of their collections and to improve their response to possible natural and human threats.