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 17th General Assembly, Paris, 17 November – 2 December 2011

Registration is now open for the ICOMOS 17th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, taking place in Paris from 27 November to 2 December 2011 in Paris. There is a dedicated website for registration, discounts for ICOMOS members for early registration before August 27, and a number of tours, visits and receptions.

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 one-day workshop on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage Sites, 17th March 2011

This Workshop introduces the new ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage sites. All World Heritage sites in the UK will shortly have an agreed Statement of Outstanding Universal value (SoOUV), setting out why the property was considered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to have OUV at the time of its inscription. OUV is what needs to be sustained over time and any development of a World Heritage sites needs to ensure that the attributes that convey OUV are not threatened. Continue reading

ICOMOS International Advisory Committee, Dublin 2010- letters to Dr Simon Thurley, English Heritage

As discussed and agreed at the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee meeting in Dublin last year, ICOMOS International felt it necessary to correspond with Dr Simon Thurley, English Heritage. Please use the links below to access the correspondence between ICOMOS International and English Heritage.

ICOMOS International letter to Dr Simon Thurley, EH

Dr Simon Thurley, EH response to ICOMOS International

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 


Blenheim World Heritage Site – defining its Outstanding Universal Value

Since 2007, UNESCO has asked new World Heritage Site’s to provide a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (“SOUV”) as part of the nomination process. Blenheim was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (“WHS”) back in 1987 and along with a large number of other sites across the world, we now need to produce our own SOUV.

The Management Plan for Blenheim WHS was published in July 2006 after an extensive process of consultation and this still provides us with our core reference material for the day-to-day management of the WHS. 

The draft SOUV  is largely self-explanatory and it has been drafted in accordance with the guidelines issued by UNESCO.

Blenheim Palace draft SOUV

We would value your views and comments regarding our SOUV – the  consultation period will close on Friday 10 December 2010.

For further information please contact:

John Hoy, Chief Executive – Blenheim Palace


Tel: 01993-810501

Mobile: 07787-112804