The Slate Industry Landscapes of North Wales – ICOMOS-UK 2012 Summer Conference & AGM

23rd- 25th July 2012
Snowdonia National Park Field Studies Centre Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Gwynedd, North-West Wales

Please note: Reserved accommodation almost fully booked!!
All single rooms at the Conference Centre now fully-booked; only doubles/twins still available.
There may also be rooms at the nearby Oakeley Arms or other local accommodation – see below.

Crown copyright: RCAHMW

ICOMOS-UK is pleased to invite you to our Summer Meeting and AGM at the 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).

This meeting will focus on the spectacular sites and forthcoming nomination of the Slate Industry of Northern Wales for World Heritage status. We will visit some of the vast quarries, mines and surviving settlements of what were the world’s largest slate quarries and discuss aspects of the management and conservation of such complex industrial sites and landscapes. We will include a trip on the historic Ffestiniog Railway which runs past Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, itself a former slate quarry owner’s mansion in magnificent mountainous surroundings.

Copyright: Ffestiniog Railway

On the third day delegates will be joined by members of the Pan-European Atlanterra Inter-reg Partnership from France, Portugal and Spain, who will give presentations on slate industries in other parts of Europe, to put the Welsh industry in international context, and lead a discussion of ‘valorisation’ (gaining heritage value from the industrial heritage) which is a particular interest of this international group.

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WORLD HERITAGE AND ITS IMPACT UPON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HERITAGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN CHINA

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CHINESE HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY
INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

GUEST LECTURE

Date: 5:30 pm Thursday 31 May 2012
Venue: Room 612 Institute of Archaeology University College London
Followed by wine reception
in 609 Staff Common Room
All Welcome!

Mr. GUO Zhan, the vice president of ICOMOS, will share his rich experiences on World Heritage nomination and management. The application of the World Heritage Convention to China has resulted in many positive developments upon heritage resource management. In such a vast territory – with extreme differences of education, economic and social development, cultural diversity and natural conditions – the impacts have been diverse and complex. Numerous interesting issues have arisen, not least the perception of divergence between the western and Chinese cultural values.

Working Internationally Evening Seminars 2012

The many International Scientific Committees (ISCs) of ICOMOS allow members from around the world to form networks of expertise in particular areas of cultural heritage. Members include internationally renowned specialists in their subjects. These ISCs form the backbone of ICOMOS international collaboration and exchange of ideas. ISCs  are open to experts and also to associates who are encouraged to join  to build up their knowledge in a given field. Both types of members from the UK are designated by the National Committee. These three lectures focus on just three out of the 28 ISCs that now are active.

1. Monday 27th February 2012
International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH)
Speaker: Stephen Hughes, TICCIH/ICOMOS expert member
TICCIH is the international organisation for industrial archaeology and the industrial heritage. TICCIH acts as adviser to ICOMOS on industrial archaeology matters and the remains of the industrial period. This first talk will look at TICCIH’s work in promoting the study, protection, conservation and interpretation of the remains of industrialisation around the world.

2. Thursday 29th March 2012
International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH)
Speaker: John Hurd, President
ISCEAH has some 90 members representing about 50 countries from Europe, Asia, the Pacific region and the Americas. An ongoing central project for ISCEAH is the compilation and management of an online international Atlas of earth traditions around the world. Perhaps the most central function of ISCEAH is the organisation, together with other partners, of the triennial
TERRA Conference. In 2012 the 11th conference will be held in Lima, Peru, with a particular focus on risk mitigation. This second talk will include illustrations of examples of the extraordinary types of earth construction around the world.

3. Thursday 26th April 2012
International Polar Heritage Committee (IHPC)
Speaker: Michael Morrison, UK representative
The IHPC was set up in 1999 and its membership represents fourteen nations which have an interest in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. This third talk will look at the work of the IPHC in promoting international cooperation in the protection and conservation of non-indigenous heritage in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as exploring the breadth and diverse expertise of its membership, the challenge of conservation work in these extreme climates, and the very different nature of the political situation in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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Admission fees:

ICOMOS-UK Members – £12 (£30 for all three)

Non-Members – £15 (£40 for all three)

Students – £8   (£20 for all three)

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For further information and a booking form please contact: camillamassara@icomos-uk.org

or the ICOMOS-UK office on:

Tel: 020 7566 0031
E-mail: admin@icomos-uk.org

Cultural Heritage of Libya lecture

Many thanks to all who attended a packed lecture by Dr Hafed Walda on the Cultural Heritage of Libya on 15 December.  He gave a visual tour of antiquities and sites that he had visited across Libya, and showed the range and importance of cultural heritage in the country.  He also endorsed the work of Blue Shield in helping to protect heritage sites from deliberate damage or destruction during the recent conflict, and provided a largely encouraging view of the current state of Libya’s heritage.

We will be running a series of evening seminars on international heritage in February, March and April 2012, and will post further details here shortly.

CULTURAL HERITAGE OF LIBYA

ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture and Wine Reception – 15 December 2011, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

The extraordinary wealth of Libya’s cultural heritage encompasses the Greek and Roman monuments of the Mediterranean coast between Tunisia and Algeria such as Cyrene, Leptis Magna, Sabratha, the desert and Gebel pre-desert tribal cultures of the huge expanses of southern Libya stretching down to the borders of Chad and Niger, towns on the salt route across the Sahara, such as Ghadames, and the spectacular pre-historic rock art sites of Tadrart Acacus.

Arch of Tiberius, Leptis Magna

These irreplaceable elements of the world’s culture stretching back thousands of years face very real threats in the wake of the recent military action. The need to acknowledge the importance of these sites cannot be overestimated, and to prepare them for the challenges that a rapidly developing tourist industry could bring.

Dr Hafed Walda will profile the cultural heritage of Libya – its World Heritage sites and the many urban and desert sites that remain totally un-designated and un-protected – and offer his view on the needs now facing the country to raise awareness of this legacy and put in place structures to sustain their value.

Dr Hafed Walda. After gaining his bachelor’s degree in his native Libya, Hafed came to the Institute of Archaeology in London where he obtained his doctorate in Roman Art and Archaeology. At the British Museum he co-ordinated the setting up of the new Roman Gallery which has become a focal point for many visitors to the Museum. He used his experience in directing the excavation at Leptis Magna to advise the Libyan Department of Antiquities in the creation of the new museum. Currently Research Fellow at King’s College London, where as well as teaching courses in Roman Art, Roman Architecture and Introduction to Archaeology, he is involved in digitalisation projects within the School of Arts and Humanities. In September 2011 he was part of a Blue Shield delegation to Libya representing the Libyan Department of Antiquities and in October 2011 he represented Libya at an UNESCO Expert meeting in Paris.

For more information, and information on how to book please contact us by  email on admin@icomos-uk.org or call 020 7566 0031

ICOMOS Evaluation Mission to Wearmouth and Jarrow

An ICOMOS Evaluation mission by Professor Adriano Boschetti took place in September to the Twin Monastery of Wearmouth- Jarrow which was submitted by the UK Government in January as a nomination for World Heritage status. The Twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow centres on St Peter’s Church in Wearmouth and St Paul’s Church in Jarrow, which was home to the Venerable Bede.

Professor Boschetti was considering the protection, conservation, management and presentation of the site. His report, together with Desk Reviews by other experts on the OUV of the nominated site will be considered by an internal ICOMOS Panel. The final ICOMOS evaluation report will be presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in June 2012 at St Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Decisions of World Heritage Committee now online

Decisions taken by the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris at their meeting from 19-29 June 2011 are now online  Twenty-five sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List including 21 cultural properties, one mixed and three natural. The World Heritage List now numbers 936 properties: 183 natural; 725 cultural; and 28 mixed.