Intangible Cultural Heritage in the UK: promoting and safeguarding our diverse living cultures

An ICOMOS-UK Conference - Saturday 20 September 2014

At The Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse West India Quay, London E14 4AL

ICOMOS-UK Members: £65.00 / Non-members: £75.00 (includes light refreshments and sandwich lunch)

Storytelling, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and traditional crafts knowledge and skills are a key part of the UK’s traditions and cultural heritage. They have also provided us with a means of living and a way of life, while informing us of our history and shaping our identities.

These intangible cultural practices are not static, like buildings and artefacts—instead they continue to evolve as they are passed down from one generation to the next. This brings with it a risk that some may not survive, raising questions of what we value in our intangible cultural heritage, and whether and how we should take steps to document and safeguard it.

ICOMOS-UK presents the first-ever conference to focus exclusively on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in the UK, combining theoretical contexts with practical examples. The primary aim of the conference is to raise awareness about the different types of ICH, both rural and urban, as practised by the UK’s culturally diverse groups of people.

The conference will also explore some of the key issues and challenges relating to the safeguarding and transmission of traditions or living cultural expressions to future generations.

This conference has been organised by the ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee in partnership with the Museum of London Docklands, and is supported by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

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 (please see 'Pay for an Event') but please send us your completed booking form - so we have your full contact details - to the ICOMOS-UK postal address given above, or email a scanned version to