Skip over navigation | Sla menu over

Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group
Triennial Programme 2020-2023


Specific themes for investigation/ideas

A. Materials science, deterioration and conservation

  • Investigation and technical study of objects, materials and production methods and their deterioration
  • Conservation case-studies
  • Exhibition and storage methods


B. Ethics, values and decision-making

  • Decision-making processes and preservation rationales
  • Collaboration with community interest groups and assessments of their impact in conservation decision-making
  • Living traditions and production practices and conservation
  • Reviews of historic practice, and developments in the preservation of objects from indigenous and world cultures
  • Socio-political responsibilities, including continuing developments in international indigenous rights
  • Local systems of knowledge and their roles in conservation
  • Diversity and inclusiveness in the conservation profession and conservation decision-making


 C. Cross Disciplinary Themes

  • Emergency and disaster recovery (in collaboration with the Preventive Conservation Working Group)
  • Sustainability in conservation practices
  • Education, especially with respect to empowering communities to preserve their own objects and places (in collaboration with the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group)





Interim Meeting 2022
The Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group are currently discussing virtual conferencing options for an Interim Meeting to discuss issues possibly relating to such relevant issues as: sustainability, training and education for inclusivity, community access to collections, and the preservation of objects of displaced and migrant populations.
Assist with gathering information for the Online Publications Platform related to the Working Groups past publications, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this Triennial online, as needed.


Triennial Conference
Members of the Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group will be encouraged to make a contribution to the ICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference.

Participation in ICOM-CC publication outputs will be encouraged for the 20th Triennial Conference. Additionally the Group will promote other publication outputs by members (books, journal publications, blogs, podcasts) via its Facebook page.
The Working group will produce an annual newsletter for members, submit annual reports in 2021 and 2022, and a Triennial report in 2023, summarizing the Working Group’s activities and productivity.

Objects from the Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group will publish an annual newsletter providing a forum for new research, introducing members of the community and Working Group, and providing updates on workshops, conferences and other areas of interest.

Communication and Social Media
The Objects from the Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group will use our Facebook page to share interesting posts, research and news to a broader community – we aim to be as inclusive as possible and provide a social media platform for closer contact among interested people.
We will also use the Working Group email list to communicate directly with Friends and Members.



ICOM-CC acknowledges and highly values the contributions and additional efforts required by the Working Group Coordinators towards converting the Beijing 19th Triennial Conference to a fully virtual event. Additional workloads are being carried by Coordinators from both the past and current triennia to ensure a vibrant and exciting conference.


Share this page