Annual Christmas Lecture and Reception: Julian Richards: 'Stonehenge – Whose Culture?'
Thursday 12 December 2013, 6.30pm, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
The imminent opening of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre offers an opportunity to reflect on why this monument has become so important in our culture and history. We are delighted to welcome renowned archaeologist, writer, broadcaster and Stonehenge expert Julian Richards to present our Annual Lecture to consider these issues.
Stonehenge is the most important and studied prehistoric site in Europe, yet still remains an archaeological enigma. But it is also an international cultural icon, its stones instantly recognizable, providing inspiration for medieval manuscript illuminators, artists such as Turner and Constable, among others, and generations of writers, photographers and craftsmen. It seems as if everyone has wanted a piece of Stonehenge, literally so in past centuries, and today the question of ‘Stonehenge – whose culture?’ is as passionately argued over as ever before. ‘Heritage’, tourist magnet or living temple? In 2013 Stonehenge is a place that still inspires passion.
Further details and a booking form are on the menu at the right hand side of the page. Payment can be made online via Paypal using the link below but please send us your completed booking form to the ICOMOS-UK postal address given above, or email a scanned version to SarahYates@icomos-uk.org.
Heritage Conservation and Tourism: Who Benefits? Who Pays?
21 June 2013, University of Brighton
This seminar, run by the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee, looked at the relationship between the conservation of historic environments and tourism in a challenging economic climate. It was run in association with the Historic Towns Forum and hosted by the University of Brighton. Further details are on the menu at the right hand side of the page.
Ice Age Art and Landscape - ICOMOS-UK Summer Meeting, Creswell Crags
6-7 June 2013
Full details here
Christmas Lecture: Timbuktu Under Threat
Thursday 13 December 2012, 6.30pm - The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
The 2012 ICOMOS-UK Christmas lecture explored the background behind the recent headlines on the destruction of the Timbuktu tombs that with the three great mosques of Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall the city’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Professor Kevin MacDonald looked at the long history of Timbuktu, its involvement with the trans-Saharan gold trade, its role as a remarkable centre of learning, and the significant archive of hundreds of thousands of scholarly manuscripts produced between the 13th and 20th centuries. He showed just how much is at stake in terms of the way the city and its immovable and movable heritage contribute to our knowledge of the whole history of West Africa and to the development of scientific, historical and other ideas.
World Heritage for Tomorrow: International Conference to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
Saturday 1 December 2012 at University College, London
This one day conference jointly organised by ICOMOS-UK, The Open University and University College, London's UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies looked to the future to discuss the role of World Heritage in the coming decades and reflect on how the UK might contribute to broader international debate on the evolving role of World Heritage. Parts of this conference were filmed by The Open University, and we hope to be able to post edited versions of the sessions online.
Click here for full details of the conference.
Venue: Snowdonia National Park Field Studies Centre, Plas Tan-y-bwlch, Gwynedd, North-West Wales
Organised in collaboration with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) with a reception hosted by Gwynedd Council. This meeting focussed on the spectacular sites and forthcoming nomination of the Slate Industry of Northern Wales for World Heritage status. During the conference we visited some of the vast quarries, mines and surviving settlements of what were the world’s largest slate quarries, discussed aspects of the management and conservation of such complex industrial sites and landscapes and travelled on the historic Ffestiniog Railway
We were joined by members of the Pan-European Atlanterra Inter-reg Partnership from France, Portugal and Spain, who gave presentations on slate industries in other parts of Europe, to put the Welsh industry in international context and led a discussion of ‘valorisation’ (gaining heritage value from the industrial heritage), which is a particular interest of this international group.
Venue: The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
The many International Scientific Committees (ISCs) of ICOMOS allow members from around the world to form networks of expertise in specialist areas of cultural heritage. These form the backbone of ICOMOS’ international collaboration and exchange of ideas. These three lectures focussed on three out of the 28 active ISCs:
- International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) by Stephen Hughes, TICCIH/ICOMOS expert member (27 February 2012)
- International Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) by John Hurd, President (29 March 2012)
- International Polar Heritage Committee (IHPC) by Michael Morrison, UK representative (26 April 2012)
Evening Seminars on Working Internationally – April, May, June 2011
In association with the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London
These three seminars looked at the kinds of services that could be offered by UK consultants and practices wanting to work overseas. It also looked at winning and negotiating contracts, tax and insurance, standards and regulations, specifying and procuring local materials, working with and training local counterparts, and working, living and travelling abroad.
Summer Outing and AGM – 3 June 2011
This was a visit to the World Heritage Site at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and included guided tours, walks and talks, in addition to the ICOMOS-UK Annual General Meeting.
Christmas Lecture on the Cultural Heritage of Libya – 15 December 2011
Dr Hafed Walda, Research Fellow at King’s College London, reviewed the cultural heritage of Libya, including its World Heritage sites and the many urban and desert sites that remain unprotected and undesignated. He offered his views on the needs facing Libya to raise awareness of this legacy and put in place structures to sustain their value.
Conference on Conservation Philosophies: Global or Local? – 3-5 June 2010
Organised by the Centre for Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of York
This conference included presentations on Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Algerian philosophies of conservation and heritage, as well as overviews of different aspects of UK cultural and world heritage.
Christmas Lecture on Mapping the Silk Roads – 9 December 2010
Tim Williams from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London talked about the outcomes of a Thematic Study commissioned by ICOMOS to put individual sites on the Silk Roads into context. This is in relation to a UNESCO-ICOMOS Silk Roads project to support countries along the Silk Roads to identify and conserve potential sites as part of a serial nomination.