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.


World Heritage Sites: Their Value, Nomination and Management

Course/Professional Development
22 March 2010, Oxford

Cultural World Heritage Sites are incredibly diverse, ranging from individual monuments and sites, such as Stonehenge and Avebury, to historic areas and cities such as Bath, Liverpool and Edinburgh. The defining characteristic that links all cultural World Heritage Sites is that the asset or property must be recognised as being of ‘outstanding universal value’.

In many countries, World Heritage Sites are provided with statutory protection under national planning and/or development legislation. This is not the case in the United Kingdom, although the outstanding international importance of the site does constitute a key material consideration to be taken into account by local planning authorities in determining planning and listed building applications. Local authorities are also required to formulate specific planning policies for protecting World Heritage Sites.

This course introduces participants to the processes of WHS nomination and inscription, and explores the impact of WHS designation on the management of a site. It will discuss some of the practical issues that flow from WHS inscription and the need to manage and protect a site’s ‘outstanding universal value’. It is aimed at professionals who would like to know more about the position of World Heritage Sites in the planning process (in England and the rest of the UK), and to those who are keen to improve the quality, relevance and effectiveness of World Heritage Site management plans and planning.

The course is open to all, but will be of particular interest to:
• World Heritage Site co-ordinators and managers or those providing advice to other property owners/managers in the vicinity of a WHS;
• Planners who have to consider the potential impact of development proposals on a WHS or within the setting or buffer zone of a WHS;
• Heritage practitioners who wish to understand the importance and impact of World Heritage Sites or who might become involved in preparing a WHS management plan or a conservation management plan for a heritage asset in close proximity to one;
• Practitioners who have an interest in working on projects for UNESCO internationally.

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If you have any questions about this course, please email

Planning and World Heritage

  • Wednesday 24 February 2010 – Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Telford
  • Tuesday 2 March 2010 – Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

A 1-day event aimed at people involved in the planning system within World Heritage Sites, including Planners, Conservation Officers, WHS Co-ordinators and Councillors.

The event, which is being held at two alternative venues, has been organised jointly by the Local Authority World Heritage Forum (LAWHF), English Heritage and ICOMOS-UK.

The Telford event will be chaired by Gillian Clarke, Secretary of LAWHF and the Newcastle upon Tyne event by Susan Denyer, Secretary of ICOMOS-UK.

For more information please e-mail or telephone Jonathan Lloyd on 01952 587615

Download the programme and booking form

Emerging NY Architects launch International Competition

HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure
The High Bridge International Ideas Competition

The Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), AIA NY Chapter, is pleased to announce its fourth biennial international ideas competition, High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure (HB:BX). This competition is open to all emerging professionals, including, but not limited to, architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, and planners who have completed their education at the undergraduate or graduate level within 10 years of the competition announcement (September 10, 2009).

Registration Begins:
Sept 10, 2009
Registration Ends: Nov 18, 2009
Submission Deadline: January 18, 2010 (postmarked)
Open to: Emerging Designers
Entry Fee: $35 Student, $65 Individual, $110 Team (2-4), $300 Group(5+)
Awards: $5,000 (ENYA prize), $2,000 (2nd Place), $1,000 (3rd Place), $1,000 (Student)

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Industrial Heritage 2009

4th European contact weekend for industrial heritage volunteers and associations
13-15 November 2009, Calais, France

E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage is a platform promoting contacts and co-operation between non profit volunteer associations, the place where those can meet, exchange experiences, learn from each other and support each other’s activities an campaigns.

After the succesfull meetings in Beringen (2006), Kortrijk (2007) and Barcelona (2008), each attended by representatives from a dozen countries, E-FAITH is now going to organize a fourth European contact weekend for volunteers and non profit organisations that are engaged in the research, the preservation, the interpretation and/or the presentation of the industrial and technical heritage.

It will again be an open and stimulating meeting where organisations and individuals can present and compare their ideas, projects and results – and find out where cooperation or common projects can grow, how they can support the aims of colleagues and how colleagues can support their objectives. This will be possible by lectures and oral presentations, leaflets, information stands, posters and small exhibits. Each participant is allowed to use the presentation techniques that to him/her seems to be the most appropriate.

The main themes of the meeting will be:
– European bordercrossing cooperation between industrial and technical heritage associations
– twinning between associations
– exchanging experiences from the field
– discussing the possibilities of launching joint European projects

Additional information can be requested by e-mail at

UNITAR Hiroshima Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites Workshop 2009

CONSERVATION FOR PEACE – World Heritage Impact Assessment
Hiroshima, Japan, 19th‐24th April 2009

UNITAR Hiroshima Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites

miyajima_danceHeritage is not an article in a vacuum showcase.  It lives with people, and people live in heritage sites. Architects say that the best way to conserve built heritage is to live inside it. Even in the case of properties requiring restricted access (reserves, etc.), designation as a World Heritage site often attracts a considerable increase in visitors. It is therefore imperative that the impact of a range of human activities upon both tangible and intangible aspects of heritage be regularly assessed. These assessments provide a baseline for judging the management and use of sites. The major question arises – how can an impact on the heritage “values” of a site be effectively assessed? UNITAR will apply its “values-based management” as the basis for a methodology to assess impacts on the values of sites.

The specific objectives of the 2009 workshop will be to:
* Review the basics of the World Heritage regime and its implications for peace, incorporating available information, updates and current trends;

* Elucidate the underlying principles of “values-based heritage management”, with a particular focus on peace building or nurturing;

* Introduce the basics of World Heritage impact assessment;

* Examine leading assessment policies and strategies, identifying best practices and lessons learned;

* Through reality-based practical exercises, extract key concepts and common issues while developing impact assessments for given sites;

* Contribute to the development of a manual for site managers on impact assessment in World Heritage management;

* Enhance long-term peer learning and exchange among the participants.

Further Details and Application Form

Information Note

ARIS 2009

Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservationiccromlogo

2 September – 2 October 2009, Rome, Italy

Application deadline:
Applications should reach ICCROM by 16 February 2009 to ensure inclusion in our selection process

This international course on architectural records, inventories, and information systems for the conservation of cultural heritage will address the needs, methodology, and techniques for acquiring and using this knowledge. The course will draw upon the vast wealth of cultural material in Rome and will be taught by leading experts in the field. Records, inventories, and information management tools are continuously being developed and must be considered as a fundamental part of the conservation process.

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