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.


Admission fees:

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

Non-Members – £15 (£40 for all three)

Students – £8   (£20 for all three)


For further information and a booking form please contact:

or the ICOMOS-UK office on:

Tel: 020 7566 0031

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.


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 or call 020 7566 0031

Remote Access to World Heritage Sites – conference 23-24 November 2011

Remote Access to World Heritage – I Know Where I’m Going, Conference, 23-24 November 2011, Edinburgh, UK

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is running a conference on the potential for new technologies to create remote-access for visitors to World Heritage or other cultural or natural sites.  St Kilda World Heritage Site will be used as a case study throughout the Conference to look at the issues of providing remote access to sensitive sites. See also the Scottish Ten website, which is a five-year digital project to scan and create digital models of the 5 Scottish World Heritage Sites, and 5 international sites in order to better conserve and manage them.

ICOMOS-UK Evening Seminars on Working Internationally

The first two in a series of ICOMOS-UK evening seminars took place in London in May and June 2011 on Working Internationally in the Conservation Field.  Chris Blandford of Chris Blandford Associates, one of the speakers, felt it was worth it but  not necessarily easy, nor did it guarantee a steady or reliable income stream.  The other two panellists, Alan Frost of Donald Insall Associates and Rob Woodside of Atkins held similar views.  Continue reading

ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture and Wine Reception- Mapping the Silk Roads, 9th December 2010, 6.30 – 8.30pm

The lecture will be given by Tim Williams, Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London (UCL).
Chinese silk – unique, expensive and portable – and much in demand in the Roman Empire underpinned trade along a complex network of long distance trade routes linking China, central Asia and Europe that have come to be known as the Silk Roads. Over a period of some 1,500 years, silk and other trade goods such as spices, aromatics, drugs, gems, metals, ivory and horses, delivered wealth to those who organised the trade. Through these routes also spread ideas, beliefs and languages. There is spectacular evidence of all these activities in the cities, forts, caravanserai, temples, and decorated grottoes along the Silk Roads, much built of earth and in a fragile condition.
As part of a UNESCO-ICOMOS World Heritage Silk Roads project to support countries along the Silk Roads to identify and conserve potential sites as part of a serial nomination, Tim Williams and Paul Wordsworth, UCL, have been commissioned by ICOMOS to develop a Thematic Study to put individual sites into context.
Tim Williams will talk about the outcomes of this study which is beginning to provide for the first time an analysis of the profile, distribution and distinctiveness of the existing sites and how they might be seen as manifestations of shifting systems of power and patronage along the roads. In view of the enormous extent of the routes, some 7,000km, and the quantity of sites, the project has set up a database of known sites and linked this to a Geographic Information System and Google Earth to produce images that define links between cities, sites and natural passes along the routes.
For more information, contact ICOMSO-UK:
Phone: 020 7566 0031