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


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

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.

Cornwall in Europe

28th October, 4.30pm-7pm
London Metropolitan University, 31 Jewry Street, London, EC3N 2EY

This conference organised by The Federal Trust for Education and Research jointly with Cornish cultural group CERES, will be an opportunity to learn more about one of the historic regions of the United Kingdom and Europe from representatives of Cornish cultural and intellectual life. It will also be an opportunity to understand better the European links and networks in which Cornish representatives and  will bring together speakers from Cornwall and the European Commission to discuss shared interests from the perspective of one of Europe’s smaller historic regions.

The conference – “Cornwall in Europe: an example from minorities” – will be hosted by the Trust at the London Metropolitan University in the City, and be followed by a reception. There will be four Cornish speakers who will describe Cornwall’s cultural and economic experiences in the wider Europe against the backgound of Cornwall’s history and distinctive Celtic tradition.
Cornish participation in the Council of Europe’s Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods Programme will be outlined as a case study.

Please note that registration to this event is essential.

For more information and registration please contact John Fleet at CERES:

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

27th – 31st July 2009, Berlin, Germany

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2009 will bring together a diverse group of participants from across the world for a weeklong program of lectures, social events and panel discussions that will look at the role of soft power in contemporary international relations. The speakers during the week are experts and leading figures from politics, academia, and the private sector. The participants of the Symposium include students, young professionals, senior academics and diplomats, all of whom will have the chance to debate the future of soft power and cultural diplomacy with fellow participants and leading authorities. In the evenings the participants will have the opportunity to network in social events, enjoy live music and entertainment and to explore Berlin’s vibrant nightlife.

The theme of this year’s Symposium will be the role of soft power in the international environment, and the speakers will include Jorge Sampaio, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations and former President of Portugal (1996-2006), Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique (1986 – 2005) and former Chairperson of the African Union (2003 – 2004), Cassam Uteem, former President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-2002), Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of Latvia (1999-2007), and Dr. Vasile Puşcaş, Romanian Minister for European Affairs.

More information

Symposium Brochure