Sea Change

Coastal Heritage and Climate Change

Conference in Blackpool, U.K. 4th—6th September 2019

World Monuments Fund Britain has the pleasure of presenting the call for papers and proposals for a conference on Coastal Heritage and Climate Change which will take place in Blackpool, UK, from the 4th to the 6th September 2019. The conference is part of the 2018 World Monuments Watch, a biennial program that uses cultural heritage conservation on to empower communities.
The conference will be aimed at policy makers,heritage bodies, practitioners and academics and will feature a range of speakers from diverse disciplines and professional backgrounds. The conference is being organised on behalf of the World Monuments Fund by a consortium including Bournemouth University, ICOMOS UK and World Monuments Fund Britain. The Scientific Committee includes specialists in related fields (academic and practitioner).
Purpose and Themes
The purpose of the conference is to understand the growing impact of climate change on the built heritage of coastal communities around the world and identify how these impacts might be addressed. The conference is focused on built heritage rather than natural heritage or habitats, although it is recognised that there may be elements that overlap between the two. If in doubt, please email the submissions address for confirmation. 
Delegate Booking
The conference has been heavily subsidised to specifically keep the cost of a'ending as low as possible and encourage the widest possible dialogue at regional, national and international levels. The cost of a'ending the three-day conference including lunch and refreshments, conference dinner and all tours will be £60. Booking for delegates will open on 18th February 2019. Please email seachangeinfo@wmf.org.uk for registration and booking forms. Because the cost of the conference is so heavily subsidised, each application will be screened to ensure that we attract delegates who will be able to offer meaningful contributions to the dialogue and/or benefit directly from the presentations and syndicate sessions.
Submission of Abstract's deadline: 15/03/19

Find the full Call for Papers here: Sea Change - Call For Papers FINAL 



Past Events


ICOMOS-UK's Annual Christmas Lecture and Drinks Reception:

Space: The Final Heritage Frontier

Lecture by: Dr Bryan Lintott, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

13th December 2018 - 18:30-20:30
The United Kingdom’s Space heritage extends to Mars, where the ‘Beagle 2’ lander rests on the surface of the red planet. It is one of many objects sent beyond the Earth, either with humans onboard or as robotic explorers. Theoretical academic interest in these objects and their associated sites has been transformed in recent years by the Google Lunar XPRIZE and current plans for humans to return to the Moon. Based on the history of heritage conservation in Antarctica, the lecture will consider options for the governance, management and in-situ conservation of Space heritage. In conclusion, the roles that the United Kingdom and ICOMOS could have in developing the conservation of Space heritage will be discussed.
About Dr Bryan Lintott
Dr Lintott’s research focuses on heritage sites and artefacts located in extreme environments beyond national boundaries: how are these governed, managed and conserved? These issues were at the core of his PhD thesis, 'Scott's and Shackleton's Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations'. His engagement with Space heritage has included related presentations at the 2014 ICOMOS General Assembly, Google and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. A former President of ICOMOS New Zealand/Te Mana o Nga Pouwhenua o Te Ao, he is an expert member of ICOMOS: ICORP and Secretary-General of the ICOMOS: International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC). 

Tickets:  £10 (members)/ £12 (non-members) / £5 (students and young professionals under 30)

The cost of the ticket includes refreshments 

Venue: The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

Book: Online at www.icomos-uk.org/payment/

Email admin@icomos-uk.org     Telephone 020 7566 0031
Post (using the booking form below): ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EL







The ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee is delighted to invite you to a launch of their report, funded by Arts Council England: Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museum Contexts.

A Pilot Project involving four museums on Innovative Approaches to Interpreting Collections in different settings and landscapes using Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)  

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 11.00am - 1.00 p.m.
to be introduced by  Hedley Swain, Area Director, Art South East Arts Council England


The Report’s key findings highlight how ICH  practicing communities - guardians of cultural traditions, collective memories, history, rituals and social practices - and the involvement of artists as intermediaries between the diverse bearer communities and cultural organisations to facilitate an equitable tri-partite curation, are vital to making collections and museum spaces alive and relevant to contemporary society, and  why museums need to review and recast their physical and practical boundaries.

Venue: The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

The Pilot Project involved four museums: Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Weald and Downland Living Museum, Museum of Cambridge, and Peterborough Museum and Arts Gallery, and a diverse range of communities in the South East Region. 

The launch will be followed by light refreshments.
Please RSVP to anthea.longo@icomos-uk.org by the 16th October. 




Registration for IIWC 21st International Symposium is now open

Click here for the Symposium's Main Page. 

Due to high demand and limited places available on workshops and tours, registration for ICOMOS International Wood Committee 2018 Symposium will close on the 6th of September. 
Please return the Registration Form by email (to admin@icomos-uk.org) or by post to:
ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ
If you would like to pay online: http://www.icomos-uk.org/payment/




Tickets:  £8 (members)/ £12 (non-members) / £5 (students and young professionals under 30)


Online at www.icomos-uk.org/payment/
Email admin@icomos-uk.org     Telephone 020 7566 0031
Post (using the booking form below): ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EL






ICOMOS-UK planned two lectures in May 2018

10th of May: Repairing the Kinsol Trestle: the timber train viaduct on Vancouver Island

17th of May: Enclosing the civilised world in a ring: a new World Heritage Thematic Study on the Roman Frontiers.

Please find more details below

About Dr Polak:
Dr Marinus (Rien) Polak studied Roman Archaeology at Leiden University (NL) and has a DPhil from Radboud University Nijmegen (NL). He has been working on the frontiers of the Roman Empire for over thirty years, in the fields of academic research and archaeological heritage management. He is working as a lecturer in Roman Archaeology at Radboud University, carrying on the established research tradition of that department in Roman military matters.
Over the last few years he has been involved as an academic advisor in preparing the proposed nomination of the frontier of the Roman province of Lower Germany, stretching from Bonn (D) to Katwijk (NL) on the North Sea coast, for the World Heritage List. He is one of the authors of the Thematic Study ‘The Frontiers of the Roman Empire’ presented to UNESCO earlier this year.

£12 (members)/ £15 (non-members) / £7 (students and young professionals under 30)

Online at www.icomos-uk.org/payment/
Email admin@icomos-uk.org     Telephone 020 7566 0031
Post (using the booking form below): ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EL

Twitter: #FRE, #SpringLecture

Pictures (from left to right):
- Hadrian's Wall to the west of the fort at Housesteads (UK) -  from Wikimedia Commons 
- Corner tower of the desert fort of Khan al-Hallabat, 39km south-west of Palmyra
- The military post of Falacro in the Eastern Desert, Egypt, on the route from the Nile to Berenice on the Red Sea Coast
ICOMOS-UK thanks Michel Reddé and Markus Gschwind for granting permission for the use of their photos.




ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee - Spring Lecture

Repairing the Kinsol Trestle: the timber train viaduct on Vancouver Island
The Kinsol Trestle is the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth and one of the highest railway trestles in the world. The trestle fell into disrepair and in December 2006 the local government took a decision to demolish the structure at a cost of $1.5m. McDonald & Lawrence Timber Frame put in a rival bid to conserve it for $1.25m which triggered a campaign leading to its remarkable rejuvenation.

ICOMOS-UK's Wood Committee has invited Charley Brentnall over to talk about the repairs to the Kinsol Trestle, as he collaborated on a survey and strategy to repair the Howe truss spanning the ravine.

Charley is director of Carpenter Oak Ltd and will look at what has changed for the timber train viaduct on Vancouver Island.

Thursday 10th May 2018—6.30 - 8.30pm

Venue: The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

Tickets:  £8 (members)/ £12 (non-members) / £5 (students and young professionals under 30)

Online at www.icomos-uk.org/payment/
Email admin@icomos-uk.org     Telephone 020 7566 0031
Post (using the booking form below): ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EL






ICOMOS-UK and the London Festival of Architecture

ICOMOS-UK is glad to be part of the London Festival of Architecture for the third year in a row. This year’s Festival’s theme is “Memory”, so we wander around different architectural spaces and wonder about how and why they evoke memories.  Inhabiting Heritage: Spaces of Memories is our series of talks and debates: on every Thursday of the festival, we will look at different ways in which architecture responds to heritage.

Thursday 29 June, 6:30pm

Spaces of Memories: Restoring Heritage

For the fourth and last event ICOMOS-UK is hosting within the Festival, we’ll address the issues around the restoration of heritage sites. Does Architectural reconstruction enhance memories or does it erase them?  This will be will be discussed in the current context of devastation in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere and the international debate that reconstruction has prompted.

Contributors to include Bijan Rouhani, conservation architect and cultural heritage consultant. Bijan’s field of interest is reducing risks to cultural heritage sites, especially in times of armed conflict and natural disasters.

Journalist and Editor Peter Watts will join the panel. He’s written about London, its architecture and history, and he’s been featured on The Guardian, Times, Independent, Observer, Independent On Sunday, Uncut, Prospect, Metropolitan, among others. He’ll be presenting his latest book: Up In Smoke: The Failed Dreams Of Battersea Power Station.

Susan Denyer, World Heritage Adviser at ICOMOS & Secretary at ICOMOS-UK, will be chairing the session.

More speakers TBC.

The session will combine talks, Q&As and a panel.

Ticket: £6 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £8 for non-members

The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Join ICOMOS-UK and support the only international multi-disciplinary professional conservation body.



Twitter: @ICOMOSUK; @LFArchitecture; #LFA2017 #LFArchitecture

Thursday 22 June, 6:30pm

Spaces of Memories: Notting Hill and its Carnival

Does the Notting Hill Carnival need the architectural spaces of Notting Hill to reflect the treasured memories of the Caribbean community in London? Would it be the same if it happened somewhere else in London?

ICOMOS-UK’s third event for the LFA will be addressing these questions. Speakers include Colin Prescod, academic, documentary film and theatre maker, and TV commissioning editor who’s been part of the North Kensington’s community since 1958. He will be joined by Alexander D. Great and Pascal. Calypsonian & London Griot Alexander is long standing performer at the Carnival and member of ABC, The Association of British Calypsonians. Pascal is former CEO of the London Notting Hill Carnival Limited between 2005 – 2008. He is currently working with and Advising the Chairman of UK Centre of Carnival Arts as Special Projects Director and also as the Executive Producer of the centre’s annual Luton International Carnival. Clara Arokiasamy, Organisation Development and Intangible Cultural Heritage at KALAI and Chair of ICOMOS-UK’s Committee for Intangible Heritage will chair the discussion.  

The session will combine talks, Q&As and a panel.

Tickets: £6 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £8 for non-members

The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Join ICOMOS-UK and support the only international multi-disciplinary professional conservation body.


Twitter: @ICOMOSUK; @LFArchitecture; #LFA2017 #LFArchitecture


Thursday 15 June, 6:30pm

Spaces of Memories: The Heritage of Crossrail.

In construction since 2012 and planned to start next year, the new Crossrail railway will inevitably change how Londoners commute. This second event of ICOMOS-UK’s series about memories and spaces will offer an insight on how the works to make Crossrail happen (did and will) affect London’s heritage. How might Crossrail project be seen as a major contributor to memories of the lives of ordinary people in London?

Jackie Keily, curator in the Department of Archaeology Collections at the Museum of London, will guide us through the amazing findings Crossrail led to and are now displayed at the Museum of London Docklands’s exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail.

William Filmer-Sankey, Director at Alan Baxter, architectural historian and archaeologist, will share his knowledge as one of the built heritage consultants for Crossrail on the effects the works might have (and have already had) on the many listed structures along the route.

Journalist and Editor Peter Watts will be chairing the session. He’s written about London, its architecture and history, and he’s been featured on The Guardian, Times, Independent, Observer, Independent On Sunday, Uncut, Prospect, Metropolitan, among others. He’s also the author of Up In Smoke: The Failed Dreams Of Battersea Power Station.

The session will combine talks, Q&As and a panel.

Tickets: £6 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £8 for non-members

The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Join ICOMOS-UK and support the only international multi-disciplinary professional conservation body.


Twitter: @ICOMOSUK; @LFArchitecture; #LFA2017 #LFArchitecture


Thursday 8 June, 6:30pm

Spaces of Memories: Intangible Heritage and Museums

On this first talk, we deal with Intangible Heritage and its space(s) within museums: how do museums’ - both buildings and their spaces - evoke cultural memories?

Contributors to include Marilena Alivizatou and Michael Cooke. Marilena is Honorary Research Associate at UCL Institute of Archaeology and author of the book Intangible Heritage and the Museum: New Perspectives on Cultural Preservation. Michael is Relationship Manager, Museums at Arts Council England. (Please note that due to illness Marilena Alivizatou was not able to attend)

The session will be chaired by Clara Arokiasamy, Organisation Development and Intangible Cultural Heritage at KALAI and Chair of ICOMOS-UK’s Committee for Intangible Heritage.

The session will combine talks, Q&As and a panel.

Tickets: £6 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £8 for non-members

The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Join ICOMOS-UK and support the only international multi-disciplinary professional conservation body.


Twitter: @ICOMOSUK; @LFArchitecture; #LFA2017 #LFArchitecture



ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture and Reception

In the footsteps of the Ancestors – excursions into the Gorham’s Cave complex World Heritage Site


Date: 15 December 2016, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: the Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ

Tickets: £16 (members)/ £19 (non-members) / £11 (students)

The ticket price includes a glass of wine and festive refreshments 

The dispersal of modern humans across the globe in the Late Pleistocene is an unfolding story. As people reached new regions of the planet they discovered that they had not been alone. Conventional wisdom tells us that the competitively superior modern humans were responsible for the demise of all who they came across in their relentless path towards global colonisation. The story of humanity is much more complex than this and it is becoming increasingly clear that the evidence does not support this simple model. New technologies, now capable of piecing together the entire Neanderthal genome, are revolutionising the way in which we understand the story.

New technologies are not enough on their own - they often rely on fossils and artefacts which largely come from museum collections from caves excavated over a century ago. Fortunately, there are also sites which have survived the attention of over-eager Victorian archaeologists and their contemporaries and which have the potential, in combination with new technologies, of revealing the secrets of the Ancestors. These sites, which include the Gorham’s Cave complex, newly inscribed as a World Heritage Site, constitute the most universal heritage of all, that of all humans, past, present and future. It is our responsibility to protect these key sites and to welcome them, as equal partners, into the community of castles, churches and historic towns.

Speaker: The talk will be given by Professor Clive Finlayson, Director of the Gibraltar Museum and of the recently-inscribed Gorham’s Cave Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site. He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford (1980) and has spent the last twenty six years studying the Neanderthals and their way of life, a research project which highlighted the attributes that gave the Gorham’s Cave Complex outstanding universal value. His research has taken him to many parts of the world and he has an intimate knowledge of the Palaeolithic and the sites that tell the human story. He has published a large number of scientific papers and several books with Oxford and Cambridge University Presses among others. Clive also has a specific interest in World Heritage and has worked with the World Heritage Centre in Paris on ways of making the World Heritage List more representative and has undertaken missions on its behalf. He was appointed Director of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at the University of Gibraltar in 2015 and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2016. Clive was elected into the Academia Europaea in 2010 and was awarded the MBE in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours in 2003.


Capability Brown: Perception and Response in a Global Context - An ICOMOS-UK Conference


Capability Brown changed the face of 18th-century England. Yet he left little written explanation of his work. Much must be inferred from his surviving landscapes and by seeing his work in the wider context of the naturalistic style that developed in Europe and further afield.

This major conference, organised by the Cultural Landscapes and Historic Gardens Committee of ICOMOS-UK (International Council on Monuments and Sites UK), was one of the highlights of the first-ever national Capability Brown Festival, providing an international dimension to complement the UK’s national festival of events, openings, exhibitions and publications.

Over a three-day conference in the historic city of Bath (one of the UK’s World Heritage Sites), world-renowned researchers and practitioners presented Brown’s work in a global context and explored the ways in which it has been interpreted over the last 250 years. The conference included evening receptions at Prior Park, the Brown designed valley garden with its iconic Palladian bridge overlooking the city, and at the Bath Assembly Rooms. There was also  a tour of Brown's landscape at Croome Court, recently restored by the National Trust. Conference papers were published for delegates in a special edition of Garden History.o

Read more about the conference and how to order a copy of the proceedings here.



ICOMOS-UK Summer Talks Season - Living Heritage: Buildings, Crafts and Communities


Venue: The Gallery, 77 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ

Dates: 21 and 29 June 2016, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Tickets: Single talk - £6 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £8 for non-members OR Both talks - £10 for students and ICOMOS-UK members or £14 for non-members.

The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

21 June - Creative Reuse of Historic Churches

Speakers: Matthew McKeague and Isabel Assaly, the Churches Conservation Trust

Managed well, historic buildings are integral to creating a strong sense of community – loved and valued both for their link to the past and for their power to inspire future generations. But this doesn’t mean that they should be frozen in time. For old buildings to have a future, they must be of use to their local communities. This talk will explore how timely repairs, creative reuse, and sensitive new design can breathe new life into historic buildings and put them back where they belong – at the heart of our communities.

Speakers Matthew McKeague and Isabel Assaly of the Churches Conservation Trust will present their case studies of inspiring projects that have taken disused old churches and turned them into thriving community assets, offering opportunities for training, engagement and economic growth in the process.

29 June - Crafting Communities of Knowledge: Masons and Woodworkers in Yemen, Mali, and the UK

Speaker: Professor Trevor Marchand, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental & African Studies

Apprenticeship systems in the crafts and building trades not only reproduce technical know-how: they sustain social networks, generate professional identities, and provide an important model of education. The knowledge exchanged between generations of craftspeople encompasses tools and materials, local histories and economics, environmental factors, politics, moral comportment, and, in some instances, religious and magical practices.

Grounded in long fieldwork with masons and woodworkers in Arabia, West Africa, and the UK, this presentation from Trevor Marchand, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, will examine the ways that craft knowledge imbues our living environments with a ‘sense of place’. It will also explore the consequences when craft communities are fragmented by regional conflict, as in the cases of Yemen and Mali




ICOMOS-UK Members £15.00 / Non-members £18.00 / Students £10.00  
(includes wine and festive refreshments)

The Western Himalayas from Baltistan to Chitral is arguably the most dramatic landscape in the world, with gorge-like valleys at 2,000 metres, above which rise 7,000 metre peaks. Here is located K2 and Nanga Parbat, and Rakaposhi in the Hunza-Nagar Valleys, with biggest, steepest slope on earth! The remote lifestyles of these valleys gave rise to stories of Shangri-La and the location was central to the 19th century ‘Great Game’. Before this, the inhabitants were raiders of the Silk Roads and some of their former robber strongholds survive, many crumbling, while others were adapted to be slightly grander palaces of the local Mirs and Rajas. Today these forts, starting with Baltit Fort , have been conserved and brought back to life, though a ‘bottom-up’ conservation approach involving local community participation. This work has also acted as a catalyst for the conservation of nearby traditional villages, part of rural development that has provided better water, health, education, new skills and new housing - incorporating rediscovered construction tricks for improving earthquake resilience.

This lecture will review this 30 year old trend-setting cultural heritage programme, funded and managed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, part of the AKDN.

Richard Hughes is a specialist historic building conservator and senior consultant archaeologist to Arup and to international and national agencies, including UNESCO, UNDP, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Dept. of International Development, EC, World Bank, and Egypt Exploration Society. For two decades he was the lead international consultant to His Highness the Aga Khan for conservation of historic buildings in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Richard has considerable experience with the assessment and conservation of buildings and historic landscapes in UK urban environments and in the Middle East and Asia. He has extensive experience assessing and researching damage mechanisms and repair and strengthening techniques of traditional and historic structures affected by earthquakes, floods and armed conflict.
He is currently Vice President (England) of ICOMOS-UK and a UK representative on the ISC on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). He chairs the ICOMOS-UK national scientific committee on the application of digital technologies in cultural heritage.

Tuesday 8th December 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL


ICOMOS-UK Launches Cultural Heritage Manifesto in 50th Anniversary Year

'Mainstreaming Cultural Heritage: Global Approaches': an international conference in the 50th anniversary year of ICOMOS and ICOMOS-UK

Thursday 22 October 2015
Arup Headquarters, London W1T

“Cultural Heritage provides a sense of continuity with our forebears and is an important part of providing that feeling of stability and security which we would all like. I warmly commend the Cultural Heritage Manifesto; it is a key step in promoting cultural heritage as a major industry that delivers substantial economic as well as spiritual benefits, and as a key consideration in the development decisions we take.”

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Patron, ICOMOS-UK



In its 50th anniversary year, and at a time when our global heritage is ever more under threat of destruction, ICOMOS-UK (the UK National Committee of ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites) is calling for a new approach to the way we all sustain, promote and benefit from cultural heritage through the launch of its landmark Cultural Heritage Manifesto.

The ICOMOS-UK Cultural Heritage Manifesto considers that cultural heritage should be embedded in all aspects of sustainable development, and a major part of resilience in society. It is calling on government, universities, and the built environment professions to support and campaign for strategies, plans and development initiatives to be ‘cultural heritage proofed’. It also proposes that cultural heritage should be at the centre of decision-making about our society, communities and the environment.

The Manifesto was launched at the major international conference ‘Mainstreaming Cultural Heritage: Global Approaches’, held at the London offices of the engineering and design consultancy Arup, on Thursday 22 October 2015. The Keynote Speaker, His Highness the Aga Khan, explained the importance of an integrated, multi-sector approach to cultural heritage and development as reflected in the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, an approach which is a key theme of the ICOMOS-UK Manifesto.

Other leading heritage speakers included Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Erminia Sciacchitano, Policy Officer, Culture, Heritage, Economy of Culture at the European Union. The conference was opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Patron of ICOMOS-UK.

During the conference, delegates debated actions to implement the Manifesto’s aims over the next five years. ICOMOS-UK will be taking forward the Manifesto through its unique position as the UK arm of an international mission to promote and support best practice in the conservation, care and understanding of the historic environment.

Susan Denyer, Secretary, ICOMOS-UK, commented: “Cultural heritage is part of who we are, both individually and collectively, and has a profound impact on lives; but to deliver its full potential in guiding sustainable development, cultural heritage must be a cross-cutting theme, embedded in all the plans and policies that guide that development.” 


ICOMOS-UK Summer Talks Season

‘Where Digital Meets Material: the Past as a Work-in-Progress’

Tuesday 16 June, 6.30pm—8.30pm 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
TICKETS: £5 per single lecture for ICOMOS-UK members and students; £7 for non-members
SPECIAL OFFER combined price for both lectures: £8 for ICOMOS-UK members and students; £12 for non-members

Charlotte Matthews, Pre-Construct Archaeology
'Digitally Saving Our Historic Buildings: Cost effective approaches in a competitive world'

This talk will focus on the routine and innovative use of digital recording of historic buildings. Recording historic buildings is a common requirement of planning conditions on permission for the demolition of undesignated historic buildings and the alteration of Listed Buildings. Digital technology is an established part of Charlotte’s work. It can be used innovatively to make projects more cost effective and to solve problems when safe access is not possible.

09 June lecture:
Jamie Quartermaine, Oxford Archaeology, on 'Preparing for Disaster: The Rapid Recording of Our Most Important Monuments,' 9 June 2015.

Drones help survey & record landscapes
Drones help survey & record landscapes

Digital technology is dramatically changing how we look at the past, and how historic building and conservation professionals work today. The cultural heritage sector has been at the forefront of developing new ways to capture, interpret and analyse essential data that help us to better understand the world around us, and to better inform new building projects. Historic building professionals no longer just survey and measure, as digital media rapidly transforms the ways in which they collect and share data, and how they collaborate with building users, visitors and the wider public. The possibilities are endless.

ICOMOS-UK has set up the world's first national body for professionals exploring the interface between digital, electronic and robotic technologies and our cultural heritage. Leading members of the group will be sharing some of their exciting research proiects and works-in-progress through two evening events on 9 and 16 June.

(Ticket price includes glass of wine or soft drink.)

These talks are an Associated Project of the London Festival of Architecture 2015. London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June: www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org



ICOMOS-New Approaches to Historic Urban Landscapes
ICOMOS-UK and ICOMOS Ireland Joint Summer Meeting and Conference 2015 Edinburgh (including special visit to the Forth Bridge)

Attendance Fee per person*:
£60.00 ICOMOS-UK and ICOMOS Ireland members
£115.00 Non-Members**
£45.00 Students

*to include all lectures, tours, admission fees, buffet lunch on Friday 5 June and light refreshments
** fee for non-members at £115 includes one year’s annual membership of ICOMOS-UK

In our 50th Anniversary year, ICOMOS-UK is exploring one of our great world heritage cities, Edinburgh, in partnership with our friends and colleagues at ICOMOS Ireland.

Forth Bridge Visit: The ICOMOS-UK Summer Meeting will begin at lunchtime on Thursday 4 June with a visit to the Forth Bridge, a timely opportunity as 2015 is not only the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year, but also because this iconic structure will be considered for World Heritage Site inscription less than a month later.

Historic Urban Landscapes International Conference: A day-long conference with international speakers, supported and hosted by Historic Scotland, on Friday 5 June will highlight the key principles of an imaginative new approach to sustaining historic urban landscapes, which focuses on integrating the goals of urban heritage conservation with those of social and economic development.

Expert-led Tours: The conference will explore how these principles are being implemented in cities around the world, including World Heritage Cities, to ensure that they continue to flourish and remain resilient to withstand future envi-ronmental, social and economic challenges.Visits on Saturday 6 June will provide expert-led tours of the city, historic buildings and museums, and time to explore the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

We expect high demand for this event so bookings will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.



ICOMOS-UK Annual Christmas Lecture and Reception

Professor Rob van der Laarse:  ‘Heritage, Conflict and the Dynamics of Memory’

Wednesday 03 December 2014 - 6.30pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

ICOMOS-UK or ICOM UK Members £15.00 / Non-members £18.00 / Students £10.00  
(includes wine and festive refreshments)

The world is increasingly full of conflicts: how do these colour our perceptions of places associated with historical events over decades if not centuries? In the past ten years, interest in the heritage of European regional and ethnic conflicts has grown explosively in relation to collective memory, but also in political debates, heritage tourism, the museum sector, and city branding. The so-called Crimean Treasures collection of Scythian gold, now stateless after the separation of Crimea, is claimed by Ukraine as well as by Moscow and five Crimean museums.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Rob van der Laarse who will discuss how the Balkans and Ukraine demonstrate the transnationalization of ‘memory events’ in present-day Europe. Van der Laarse's research is born from a fascination with cultural power, narratives of representation, and the shadow of the Enlightenment.


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)
Pay in advance online via Paypal or pay by Cheque.

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.


ICOMOS-UK Summer Talks Season in the London Festival of Architecture 2014

Thursday 5 June and Wednesday 11 June, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

6.30pm - 8.30pm

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‘Cultural Capital and the Contemporary City: Places and People’

Speakers include: Eric Parry (5 June) and Witherford Watson Mann (11 June)

‘Cultural capital’ is our cultural background, knowledge, and skills that we pass from one generation to another: the way we do things, the way we speak and socialise, and how we dress and how we behave. Buildings and spaces also have a cultural meaning and value to the people that use them. If we can define our cultural capital better, how can contemporary urban design and development strengthen it?

Two summer talks and discussions curated and organised by ICOMOS-UK will explore the idea of cultural capital and our cities today—London, nationally and around the world

Leading architects Eric Parry and Witherford Watson Mann, alongside heritage experts, will seek to answer these questions in two stimulating evening events hosted by Alan Baxter Associates in the Gallery at Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell.

TICKETS: £5 per single lecture for ICOMOS-UK members and students; £7 for non-members
SPECIAL OFFER combined price for both lectures: £8 for ICOMOS-UK members and students; £12 for non-members

(Ticket price includes glass of wine or soft drink.)

These talks are an Associated Project of the London Festival of Architecture 2014. London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June: www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org



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.



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.

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The Slate Industry Landscapes of North Wales – Conference and Field Trips, 23 -25 July 2012

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.

Working Internationally – The Role of ICOMOS International Scientific Committees

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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