Mexican restorer Lilia Rivero Weber was elected member of the Council of ICCROM (International Center for the Study of the Preservation of Cultural Property) during the 26th assembly of the organism, celebrated in Rome, Italy.

The specialist, who performs as national coordinator of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Conservation of Cultural Heritage dependency (CNCPC), has a broad academic trajectory and experience on the field regarding conservation and restoration of movable goods, being this reason why she was proposed to occupy one of the 13 places at ICCROM Council.

The distinction confirms that the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), 70 years after its creation, still sets the pace regarding academic excellence, being internationally renowned, declared Rivero Weber.

The Mexican restorer, graduate from the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM) submitted her curriculum vitae to detailed revision, contesting with other cultural heritage conservation experts, and put to the vote of the 26th General Assembly of the ICCROM, organism part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 

This designation sums to others achieved by Mexican specialists in other important international committees, such as Cultural Heritage and Intergovernmental for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin, Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“Conservation in Mexico is consolidated at the moment; state-of-the art technology is being used on high impact pr4ojects, allowing Mexico to contribute on the international level with knowledge and experience that go back to 1960’s and 1970’s decades”, mentioned Rivero Weber.

The CNCPC leader recalled that during those decades ICCROM was “academic tutor” of conservation in Mexico, supporting integration of the Paul Coremans Cultural Goods Conservation Center, where first restorers in Mexico formed, which later became the National Coordination of Cultural Heritage Conservation (CNCPC) and National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM), both INAH organisms.

Lilia Rivero remarked that when assuming the CNCPC coordination, one of the priorities of the institute, as informed by the general direction, was retaking international presence this coordination has traditionally had, being her recent naming a fulfillment in this regard.

The inclusion of Mexico as a Party State member of the general assembly will allow establishing closer links with experts from other countries, searching for academic exchange through activities such as workshops and conferences, to generate educational and scientific research feedback, she added.

She pointed out that acknowledgement to INAH work on the international level has occurred in several times, since specialists from the institute have represented Mexico at ICCROM, like architect Salvador Diaz Berrio, pioneer of architectural restoration in Mexico; architect Salvador Aceves, former coordinator of Historical Monuments, and archaeologist Nelly Robles Garcia, president of the Archaeology Council, among others.