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ROCHEMP CENTRE’S RESULTS: Meeting at the National Gallery of Armenia

We cordially invite the participants of the ROCHEMP Center’s conferences, training programs, webinars, our partners, cultural heritage specialists and all interested people to participate in the meeting “ROCHEMP Center results” on the 7th of May, 2021 at 2:30 pm at the National Gallery of Armenia (entrance from str. Aram). During the event will be presented the initiatives implemented by the Center for the purpose of research, publishing or professional experience exchange. On the same day, the presentation of the books published by the Center will be organized. The participants of the ROCHEMP 2020 Training course will be awarded with Certificates. In May 2019, the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna (Italy), the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, with the support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), launched the ROCHEMP project with the establishment of the Regional Center for Cultural Heritage Enhancement, Management and Protection as a scientific-research and consulting institution for management and conservation. The ROCHEMP Center is an institutional branch of the National Gallery of Armenia. In spite of the epidemic obstacles caused by COVID-19, the war that befell our country last year, the Center, in cooperation with its partners, has conducted a number of programs: conferences, discussions of professional experience, trainings, a mechanism for training specialists in the field of cultural heritage, research, translation of professional literature, etc.

We kindly ask attendees of the event to follow the rules of epidemic control. We look forward to meeting you all.

The proceedings of the RՕCHEMP International Conference 2020 are now published and available to the readers

The proceedings of the RՕCHEMP International Conference 2020 are now published.

With a general theme of “Cultural Heritage: Experience and Perspectives in International Context” this book is a collection of scientific and practical articles by distinguished experts coming from various fields of cultural heritage, representing Armenia, Iran, Italy, Lebanon and Turkey. The publishing was coordinated by the staffs of the ROCHEMP Center and the Publishing Department of the NGA in close cooperation with the Project Scientific Director Mariangela Vandini. The editor is the director of the Center Ani Avagyan.

This publication is addressed to the professionals in the fields of cultural heritage protection, management and enhancement, as well as professional development, students, architect restorers, archaeologists, museologist, restoration, conservation professionals, cultural anthropologists, officials, and in general those who are interested in above mentioned topics.

 The conference took place from 23rd to 24th of January, 2020 in Yerevan, at the Conference Hall of the Matenadaran Mesrop Mashtots Research Institute for Ancient Manuscripts. This scientific event, organized by the ROCHEMP Center with the support of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia and AICS – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, brought together around 150 local, regional and international experts in an exchange of experiences and points of view 1) on international cooperation in the conservation, management and enhancement of cultural heritage, 2) on the training of professionals working in various fields and 3) on community involvement in the protection and preservation of the local cultural heritage. The Conference became a wonderful opportunity for sharing and dialogue among experts coming from Armenia, Iran, Italy, Lebanon and Turkey, fostering the development of new studies and perspectives for the enhancement of cultural heritage as a leading actor for social, economic growth and sustainability. Experienced experts in the field of restoration, conservation, archaeology, museology, cultural studies, community development, and public affairs presented their research and experience.

We truly believe that the contributions published in these proceedings will be a useful source in terms of experience exchange, discussion of field issues, proposal of relevant solutions and set-up of quality criteria in various areas of cultural heritage.

Please feel free to read and share within your networks.



Department of Cultural Heritage – Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna – Campus of Ravenna
(Microsoft TEAMS)
11TH FEBRUARY 2021, 9:30 am CET (12:30 pm AMT).

St. Hovhannes Karapet (St. John the Baptist) Cathedral, Hovhannavank Monastery (1216 – 1221)

On 11th February 2021 the final conference of the development cooperation project “ROCHEMP-ARMENIA: CREATION OF A REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE MANAGEMENT, CONSERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE“, will take place. The project has been developed by Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, supported by AICS – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

The activity, started in 2019, has been aimed at transferring tailored skills related to care, management and enhancement of cultural heritage, through the establishment of an office acting as reference point for Local Authorities, local and international scholars and professionals working in the field of Cultural Heritage.

Through dedicated activities to increasing knowledge and skills of the experts of the Center on five strategic areas (Management, Training, Regulations, Communication, Regional Hub), the project has involved professors and researchers from the Department of Cultural Heritage (project leader), the Department of Architecture, the Department of History Cultures and Civilization and from the Center for Advanced Studies on Tourism, participating in a constructive cultural exchange with scholars, professionals and local and international experts.

The closing event will represent an occasion for further dialogue and reflections on the evaluated approaches and proposed solutions in the fields of conservation, management and enhancement of Armenian cultural heritage.

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As part of the “COVID-19 Relief Support for Museums and Museum-Reserves” initiative, we are pleased to announce a week-long series of online training and expert talks focused on rethinking the role of museums during and after the pandemic. The series aims to reconsider museums’ roles, discourses, and engagement methods in contemporary society, both through digital platforms and physical programs. This series follows the productive discussions started during the June 2020 virtual round table around the creative digital initiatives being implemented by Armenian regional museums during the pandemic.

The week-long series of expert online trainings and talks will be held from January 25-29, 2021 in two parts: 

(1) training focused on digital engagement tools and digital content creation and programming with presentations by museum experts from the Smithsonian Institution; 

(2) critical perspectives on the narratives being shared by museums and the opportunities for new programs with talks by field experts from Armenia.

This virtual series welcomes both the staff and the directors of museums and museum-reserves of Armenia. The aims are to encourage them to rethink their narratives and practices with regards to contemporary society’s needs and transformations, to explore meaningful opportunities to be socially significant to the citizens of today and tomorrow, and to enhance their engagement with different target audiences, both online and in person. These sessions will allow participants to interact and exchange with museum professionals from Armenia and the U.S. and broaden the museum network to be more inclusive, collaborative, and forward-thinking. 

This series is being offered free of charge, and registration is required by January, 23 2021, 12։00 am Yerevan time. Once registered, participants will receive a zoom link to join. Participants who attend 80% or more of the virtual training series will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

Part 1 of the training will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Armenian. Part 2 will be delivered in Armenian. 

COVID-19 Relief Support for Museums and Museum-Reserves Initiative

In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports (MoESCS) of Armenia, the ICOM National Committee of Armenian Museums (ICOM Armenia), the My Armenia Program (‘My Armenia’), and the Regional Center for Cultural Heritage Enhancement, Management and Protection (ROCHEMP) have been working together over the last ten months to support the museum and cultural sector of Armenia through virtual conversations, access to professional resources, and direct relief support. 

For registration:

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Between the ROCHEMP Center and ICOMOS/Armenia and a Round Table Discussion with the Field Experts

On 24th of December ROCHEMP Center, in collaboration with the ICOMOS/Armenia, initiated a professional meeting at the office of the ICOMOS/Armenia.  The Chair of ICOMOS/Armenia Mr. Gagik Gyurjyan and the Director of ROCHEMP Center Ani Avagyan on behalf of their organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  Using the opportunity of a round table discussion in times of COVID-19 pandemic, the long-intended Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ROCHEMP Center and ICOMOS/Armenia.  The signatories noted that since the opening of ROCHEMP Center in 2019 the two institutions have developed a close collaboration in frames of several projects and events, nonetheless, signing of this Memorandum is important for deepening further collaboration and serving as a point of reference.

Afterwards a round table discussion with the experts, representatives of the state institutions responsible for the research, documentation, preservation and protection of the immovable cultural heritage was organised. An important talk was developed With the invited experts about the methodological and technical issues of inventorying and preservation of immovable cultural heritage. Mr. Khachadourian made a presentation about his views on the problems of the state lists.  

In the professional meeting participated:

  1.  The President of ICOMOS/Armenia national committee Gagik Gyurjyan,
  2. The Director of ROCHEMP Center Ani Avagyan,
  3. Architectural Engineer, a researcher from France Harutyun Khachadourian ,
  4. The Secretary of ICOMOS/Armenia Gohar Gevorgyan,
  5. The Coordinator of ROCHEMP Center Gayane Babayan,
  6. The Head of the Administration of Preservation of Monuments of History and Culture of the Ministry of ESCS of RA Harutyun Vanyan,
  7. The Research Fellow at the Scientific Research Center, State Non-Commercial Organization of the Ministry of ESCS of RA and the architect of the ROCHEMP Center Nanar Kalantaryan,
  8. The Head of Scientific-Cultural Exhibitions and Events Organization Department Artavazd Zakyan and
  9. The Head of Monuments Preservation Department Viktoria Isahakyan at the “Service For The Protection Of Historical Environment And Cultural Museum-Reservations” State Non-Commercial Organization of the Ministry of ESCS of RA.

The participants pointed out that organisation of such meetings, round tables in terms of the search for ways of resolution of several field problems is useful. The importance of a cooperation and a dialogue of all professional institutions and individuals involved in documentation and preservation of historical and cultural heritage was particularly stressed.

As a result of the discussion, several issues related to the documentation of immovable monuments have been identified, including the problem of precision of geographical coordinates of immovable monuments, the issues in regard to the perspective (scientific research, historical and cultural heritage preservation and education, tourism) that is chosen for making state immovable lists, the lack of clear definitions and terminology. 

At the end of the discussion the participants decided to organise another meeting with the involvment of other stakeholders in order to make possible the development of a common agenda with clearly stated problems, a proposal with set of required actions for their resolution which then, should be submitted to the Government of the Republic of Armenia with a purpose of familiarisation and taking forward the proposed reforms.  

Finally, the parties thanked each other for a fruitful discussion with anticipation of further active collaboration. 

Zoom Registration Link
NAASR YouTube Channel Link

The ROCHEMP Center presents an online webinar: Preserving Historic Districts in the Contemporary Global Cities, September 4, Friday, 2020

17:00-19:00 Rome, Warsaw time,
19:00-21:00 Yerevan time.

At a time when historic cities are under pressure to radically transform themselves to meet new, global needs, what is the significance of preserving ancient traditional neighborhoods?

What is the relationship with sustainability, to which everyone, administrations, local communities and technicians say they want to aspire?

What contribution can international charters make to these processes?

What are the benefits for communities and stakeholders?

What examples can be considered significant?

The webinar is organized by the ROCHEMP. Regional Center for Cultural Heritage Enhancement, Management and Protection, bringing together the international and Armenian experts to reflect on the relevant issue of preserving historic districts in the contemporary global cities.

The webinar’s program.

Some good news for the Museums and Libraries in Armenia: Based on the Decision N 253 of the Superintendent of the State of Emergency, August 18, 2020 Museums and Libraries in Armenia are reopened.

Due to the situation with COVID-19 the Armenian Committee of ICOM in collaboration with its partners Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sports of RA, ROCHEMP . Regional Center for Cultural Heritage Enhancement, Management and Protection, ”My Armenia” program of USAID and the Smithsonian Institution and others has initiated the gradual implementation of ”COVID-19 Consequences Relief Program for Museums and Museum-Reserves”.

As a result of the information received from the needs assessment of museums and museum-reserves in Armenia, the program’s partner, USAID ”My Armenia” program has provided 36 museums and museum-reserves of 5 regions of Republic of Armenia — Shirak, Lori, Tavush, Vayots Dzor and Siunik, with the technical equipment, hygiene and safety kits for the relief and overcoming of COVID-19 challenges. This support constitutes part of the COVID-19 consequences relief program.

Here you can download files which present the museum visiting rules in times of COVID-19 for printing:

Download printing file for A1 indication signs 

Download printing file for A4 indication signs

Download printing file for floor signs

We are hopeful that this support can help you to carry out your work more effectively both remotely and at the museums or museum-reserves.

For the full implementation of this program we encourage you to use the guidelines on ”How to reopen in times of COVID-19” in Armenian which can be downloaded from the official websites of ICOM Armenia, ROCHEMP and other partners.

Thank you for your cooperation and collaboration in the enhancement, management and protection of cultural heritage.

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact:

Connecting Formal and Informal Education with Digital Cultural Heritage

Join this unique event where museum educators and teachers will learn about new trends and tools to engage remotely with learners.

Europeana Education and the LEM Group of NEMO invites you to a learning event online addressed to museum educators and teachers.

During a two days workshop, you will know more about innovative pedagogical trends, free available resources to engage remotely with students and get insights into our plans to strengthen formal and informal education with digital cultural heritage. The event is also an opportunity to meet and discuss with peers across Europe, share your experience with online tools, and get practical insight on how to design eLearning activities for your learners in this disruptive period.

Important information:

  • Places are limited to museum educators and teachers. After your registration, we will select the candidates according to country representation. We will inform you by the end of July if you’ve got a place.
  • For those completing the workshop, we will grant a certificate.

Please, register for the workshop here. The draft programme can be consulted here

Link to the source:

Museum in short

As a part of our mission to enhance cultural heritage of the Region and to assist museums in engaging new audiences by using multimedia approach, ROCHEMP will continue sharing and promoting new opportunities for Armenian and regional museums. In this respect, the opportunity to participate in the international contest Museum in short is the one that should not be missed. The contest is a great chance for museums to use their creative approach and new tools for presenting their museum at the international level. For more information on the requirements and application process, please read below.   

Museums in Short is an international contest open to short videos realized by/for/with museums.

Since 2012, Museums in Short award is addressed to institutions, authors or producers who use audiovisual language to enhance museum communication and engage audiences. Projects may include documentaries, animations, trailers and visual installations.


The deadline for the submissions is 31st August 2020.

  1. Participants are museums / producers / authors.
  2. Entries are supposed to be in video format, related to museums and produced from 1st January 2017 onwards.

Videos must be in English or with English subtitles. Videos in different languages without English subtitles won’t be accepted. The maximum length required is of 10 minutes.

Each museum can be represented by only 1 video. The final judgment on the pertinence of the content is a prerogative of the organization.

3. Sections

The Award is open to the following categories of videos:

The section must be specified in the Enrollment Form

4. Registration is free of charge.

5. Materials required for application

  • The file of the video must be sent online (via WeTransfer or similar services) to the following e-mail address: .
  • Please, try not to exceed the maximum size file of 2GB. All the formats are admitted.
  • Enrollment Form filled out in every part
  • Release Note for the Use of video, Release Note for the Use of the Music in the video, Treatment of Personal Details
  • If the application is submitted by producers or authors: a written declaration signed by a representative of the museum, by which the museum accepts to be represented in Museums in Short 2020 by that video.
  • Optional: A video presentation of the short film by the author (via WeTransfer or similar, maximum 2 minutes sent online to the e-mail: )

Submissions presenting incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

By applying to the competition, every participant gets responsible for the content of the submitted work. Participants allow the uploading of the videos, as well as trailers or frames of the work, to the dedicated website  and the related medias of every member of the Organizing committee. The organization reserves the right to request the shortlisted participants additional information for promotional purposes.

6. Awards

After the closure of applications, a commission formed by experts in the field of museums and multimedia will select the winner. The date and the complete program of the award ceremony will be communicated later and published on the website .

The winner will also be invited to present his achievement at the annual Best in Heritage IMAGINES event – the global conference featuring award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects – that is held at the end of each September, in Dubrovnik (Croatia). More info:

The commission may give special mentions related to sections.

All the participants will be part of an online archive managed by musil. Videos will also include in a platform managed by European Museum Academy and used as scientific and teaching documents in European museum studies programmes or similar.

An online platform will give to the public the opportunity to vote for the public’s favourite short.

Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of these rules.

Any variations or updates will be communicated on .

Please contact us at  for any question.

Link to the source:

The Intensive Training Course will Restart on 27th of April

Due to the global pandemic caused by COVID19, we had to temporarily suspend activities of the training course launched on February. The current state of health has prompted a shift in teaching methods. In the current situation, ROCEMP Center and University Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna will resume the Intensive Training Course for Cultural Heritage specialists from 27th of April in the online platform.

ROCHEMP2020: training for cultural heritage experts

As part of the ROCHEMP Project, starting from February 2020, the pilot course “ROCHEMP2020: training for cultural heritage experts” will be activated in Yerevan.
Call for partecipation

23 – 24 Gennaio 2020 – Cultural Heritage: experiences and perspectives in International context

The International Conference “Cultural Heritage: experiences and perspectives in International context” will be held on 23rd and 24th January 2020 in Yerevan (Armenia), at the Conference Hall of the Matenadaran Mesrop Masthots Research Institute for Ancient Manuscipts.
The event, organized by the ROCHEMP Center with the support of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna (Italy), the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia and AICS – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, will involve local, regional and international experts in an exchange of experiences and points of view on international cooperation in the conservation and management of Cultural Heritage, on the training of the different professionals working in the field and how can be involve the public.
The Conference stands as an opportunity for sharing and dialogue among experts in the field, fostering the development of new studies and perspectives for the enhancement of Cultural Heritage as a leading actor for social and economic growth.
The event will end with a round table where guests and public will share considerations and points of view on the topics of the two days.
The Conference “Cultural Heritage: experiences and perspectives in International context” is part of a series of public meetings organized by the ROCHEMP Center, two of which took place on last 17th December, and which will cover different aspects of tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage in the Republic from Armenia.

Program EN HY

17th December 2019 – Promotion of Armenian Cultural Heritage Knowledge in Europe

h. 11.30-14.30, National Gallery of Armenia

The programme

17th December 2019- Quality principles: from the first drawings to the building site

h. 14.30-16.30, National Gallery of Armenia

The programme