09 Mar 2022

Appeal from Lviv for materials needed for cultural heritage protection

Information about how organisations can support the Center to Rescue Ukraine's Cultural Heritage

The trustees, staff and members of Icon are devastated by the events unfolding in Ukraine and by the terrible suffering of the people and the sad loss of civilian lives. Although our primary care is for the safety and wellbeing of the people of Ukraine, we remain concerned about the continuing threat to the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine.

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In early March 2022 our colleagues at ICOMOS-Ukraine Heritage in Crisis Working Group provided information on the materials needed to help protect Ukraine's cultural heritage. However, we are aware that the situation is changing on a daily basis and that the needs of the Center will also change as time passes. We will therefore update this page with new information as it becomes available.

In the meantime we strongly encourage donors to contact the Center before sending materials to ensure that your kind donations reach their intended destination and can be well used. 

The Center to Rescue Ukraine's Cultural Heritage has been launched in Lviv, Ukraine. The Center appeals to international organizations, museums, and cultural institutions for help with much needed equipment and materials, which are being collected by the Center in the Science Library building of Lviv Polytechnic National University (Profesorska Street, 1) for further distribution where needed. 

The following materials are needed for preservation, packing, and protection from fire:

  • heavy cardboard packing boxes
  • rolls of bubble wrap
  • scotch tape
  • masking tape
  • stretch film
  • Chests
  • mineral wool
  • chipboard
  • plywood
  • fireproof materials
  • foil
  • mounting foam
  • polyfoam sheets
  • mica tape


Other specific materials that are needed for textiles and small objects at the Centre in Lviv:

Supplies needed

  • BLUE BOARD      pH 7.5-8.5; acid-free; buffered; thickness 3.14-7.90 mm
  • MUSEUM BOARD     100% cotton fiber; pH 7.5-8.5; acid-free; buffered; thickness 3.33-6.16 mm
  • BARRIER PAPER     100% cotton fibers; pH 7.8-8.5; acid-free; buffered; thickness 0.15 mm
  • STANDARD PAPER    selected chemical pulp; pH 7.8-8.5; acid-free; buffered; thickness 0.15 mm
  • FOAM-CORE BOARD     extruded polystyrene with an laminated buffered paper; acid-free; thickness 5.44-13.26 mm
  • ETHAFOAM  n   rigid polyethylene foam; medium thickness 50 mm
  • PELLON      non-woven polyester batting, with long white fibers; acid free; thickness 0.09 -25 mm
  • BLOTTING PAPER      100% cotton linters in 20 pt. Caliper; at time of manufacture pH 7.0; thickness 0.62-2.52 mm
  • Quilted pellon        100% polyester fill; non-woven; acid free; thickness 8.3 mm; 
  • Quilted pellon        100% polyester fill; non-woven; acid free; thickness 6.54 mm
  • Polyester batting   100% polyester long white fibers; non-woven; acid free; thickness 12-25 mm
  • BUFFERED TISSUE       flax fiber - minimum of 10% calcium buffer; pH minimum de 8,0; thickness 0,06 mm
  • UNBUFFERED TISSUE     abaca fibers; at time of manufacture pH 6.8-7.2; acid free; thickness 0.03 mm
  • Photo-tex tissue         100% cotton fibers; at time of manufacture pH 6.8-7.2; sulfur-free; thickness 0.06 mm
  • TYVEK       100% high-density polyethylene fibers; pH neutral, “soft” structure; thickness 0.15-0.20 mm
  • Cotton Tape - Twill Weave       100% cotton; natural; 19 – 32 mm wide
  • Cotton Tape - Twill Weave      100% cotton; white; bleached; 19 – 32 mm wide
  • FELT PELLON (POLYFELT)      100% polyester; non-woven; light weight; chemically inert; thickness 0.3 -0.6 cm


Finally, the pdf below is a list of packing materials for artworks prepared by Senior Conservator Yuri Yanchyshyn that the centre would benefit from:

Packing Materials List.pdf


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Anyone who wants to join the initiative can contact the official page of the Center on the social network Facebook or call: (067) 618 2520, (032) 258-23-04 or (067) 675-93-84.


Roman Metelskij +38 0676759384
Natalya Filevych + 38 0507849388, [email protected]
Ihor Harmash + 38 0676182520

Address where supplies are being collected

Roman Metelsky: Ukraine, Lviv, Profesorska Street, 1
WhatsApp +380676759384

Banking details for making a financial donation to the team in Lviv

Beneficiary: Family name: METELSKIJ, First name: ROMAN
Address: 79069, Ukraine, region: Lvivska, city: Lviv, street: Luhova, building: 8 flat 1
Account: 4731185609104804

IBAN: UA363052990000026206644225424