Our Work


ICOMOS-UK (formed in 1965) is the UK Committee of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites. We are an independent charity with a UK-wide and international mission to promote and support best practice in the conservation, care and understanding of the historic environment.

Much of our work is undertaken by our individual and institutional members who come from a wide range of backgrounds including architecture, planning, landscape design, and the heritage, archaeology, conservation, academic and tourism sectors.

ICOMOS (International) has a special responsibility to UNESCO as an official adviser on cultural World Heritage Sites and ICOMOS-UK plays an essential role in advising on aspects of World Heritage and sites for nomination across the UK.


Some aspects of ICOMOS-UK’s World Heritage work are supported by:

Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland

English Heritage

English Heritage



Plans and remit

ICOMOS-UK’s remit is to:

  • Provide a forum for all those involved in the conservation of cultural heritage.
  • Facilitate professional dialogue and exchange on both specialist and general conservation issues.
  • Work for higher standards in the conservation of cultural heritage.
  • Play a leading role in implementing the World Heritage Convention within the UK and in promoting exemplar custodianship of World Heritage sites
  • Provide links with the international network of ICOMOS members
  • Promote international best practice through publications, research, conferences and seminars
  • Promote education and training programmes for conservation work
  • Encourage a wide understanding of the scope and value of cultural heritage
  • Encourage cultural tourism initiatives

Read the ICOMOS-UK Constitution adopted in 1996 (document viewer).

Charity number: 1057254


ICOMOS was founded in 1965 in Warsaw, Poland. Its foundation was inspired by the 1964 Venice International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites. More commonly known as the Venice Charter, this still remains a benchmark for the world’s conservation community. ICOMOS Committees have now been set up in more than 100 countries. ICOMOS (International) is based in Paris.

ICOMOS is concerned with furthering the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of monuments, groups of buildings and sites, at the national and the international level. Through over 100 national committees, and more than 9000 members worldwide, it provides a forum for professional dialogue. ICOMOS has special responsibility as adviser to UNESCO on cultural World Heritage sites.


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