ICOMOS-UK Summer Outing & AGM

 Open Air Museums and Society

3rd-5th July 2009

at St Fagans National History Museum (near Cardiff)
Part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

St Teilo’s Church, St Fagans © St Fagans: National History Museum
St Teilo’s Church, St Fagans © St Fagans: National History Museum

Some of the presentations are now available online – see below.

The 2009 ICOMOS-UK Summer meeting and AGM took place at St Fagans National History Museum, south Wales, in collaboration with Eurwyn Wiliam, our Vice President for Wales, former Director of St Fagans, Deputy Director General of National Museum Wales and latterly Keeper Emeritus, National Museum Wales.

The ‘first generation’ open air museums were set up in Scandinavia at the end of the 19th century. Over the next 80 years many others followed in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and North America.

Set up to highlight the value of regional buildings which contribute so much to our national identity at a time when many vernacular buildings were becoming vulnerable to destruction or radical change, they became the repositories of ‘unspoilt’ structures which could be read as social documents, particularly of rural life before the industrial era.

The meeting included visits to the museum’s buildings, a concert in its painted, mediaeval church and a seminar discussing the vision, extraordinary diversity and benefits of open-air museums in Europe.


Friday 3rd July:

5.30 – 6.30 Drinks Reception at St Fagans

6.30 – 8.00 Informal Concert at recreated mediaeval church of
St. Teilo’s from Pontardulais, West Glamorgan

8.30 – 9.30 Supper at Iolo Morganwg restaurant, St Fagans

Saturday 4th July:

Seminar: Open-Air Museums and Society,
(Committee Room, St Fagans)

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee

10.30 – 10.40 Introduction and welcome

10.40 – 11.00 Dr Eurwyn Wiliam, Keeper Emeritus, National
Museum Wales: Open-air museums in Europe: a visionary idea

11.00 – 11.20 Gerallt Nash, Senior Curator, St Fagans National History Museum: Presenting recent history at St Fagans

11.20 – 12.00 Richard Suggett, Manager of the Emergency Building Recording Team, Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales: Searching for the earliest houses in Wales

12.00 – 12.20 Dr Thomas Bloch Ravn, Director of Den Gamle By, Denmark’s National open air museum, Chair of the Association of Open-Air Museums: Open-air museums and society

12.20 – 12.45 Discussion

12.45 – 1.45 Sandwich Lunch Iolo Morganwg restaurant

1.45 – 4.15 Guided visit to St Fagans National History Museum

5.00 – 6.00 ICOMOS-UK AGM in the Committee Room (The Annual General Meeting is open to all members and their guests)

6.00 – 7.00 Optional Supper

Sunday 5th July:

Tour to the landscape of the Blaenavon World Heritage site

ICOMOS-UK visit to Blaenavon landscape

ICOMOS-UK visit to Blaenavon landscape

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For more information please contact:
Camilla Massara
Events Co-ordinator
Tel: 020 7566 0031
e-mail: camillamassara@icomos-uk.org

This event was organised in collaboration with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Walesamgueddfa cymru


Digital Documentation Conference 2009

22-23 April
Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio

The 2009 conference, designed for architects, planners, conservation specialists and people interested in the built heritage, addresses the use of advanced digital documentation technology. The event is in association with Historic Scotland, Leica Geosystems, Hexagon Metrology and the CyArk Foundation. Digital Documentation 2009 will have 14 presenters from the US, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom to speak about digital documentation, laser scanning and 2D/3D representation within the heritage and conservation sectors.

Day one will consist of presentations focussing on the applied use of laser scanning and digital survey, particularly looking at heritage documentation. Day two will focus on the use of the technology from an owner and institutional level. The keynote speaker will be Gustavo Araoz, the President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Examples of new technologies will be on exhibition with the opportunity to look at and discuss methods with technical experts from Leica Geomatics, Hexagon Meteorology and Pointools. Exhibitors include the CyArk Foundation, Historic Scotland, The Rosslyn Chapel Trust and others

The Conference will be held at the Old Fruitmarket in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Tickets are priced at £65 for a single day or £100 for two. To register please fill in the form in the registration section and email or fax it to us at info@digitaldocumentation.co.uk / +44 (0) 141 353 4448. You can include payment details on this form or alternatively pay over the phone by calling +44 (0) 141 353 4422

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Conservation and restoration recording course – September 2009

2nd September – 2nd October 2009, Rome, Italy

Since 2003 ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute have jointly held a course on documentation for conservation in Rome. This is an intense four and a half week course on various documentation tools including rectified photography, thermal imaging, photogrammetry and laserscanning.
The course will feature a range of learning strategies that will draw upon participants’ own professional knowledge while adding new information and skills through readings, discussions, and a number of collaborative practical exercises. The course will include a required preparatory phase prior to arrival at ICCROM. This preparatory phase will allow participants to increase their background knowledge in key topic areas through readings and exercises that they will undertake while in their home countries.
Deadline for application is in mid February. For more information please click here

International heritage documentation symposium – Call for Papers

CIPA, the ICOMOS International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage has announced a ‘call for participation’ for the forthcoming 22nd CIPA-symposium, to be held:

Kyoto, Japan from 11-15 October 2009

The event will be hosted Yutaka Takase.

To find out more about the symposium and the kind of papers to expect, visit the Papers section of the CIPA website where you can download PDFs from all previous CIPA symposia from 1997 onwards.