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.


PAINSHILL PARK AND BEYOND: The Future of 18th Century Landscape Restoration

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June 2010
Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey

Painshill Park Trust marks its 30th anniversary in 2010.  This is also a time when the issue of interpreting 18th century landscape restoration/reconstruction is a hotly debated topic.

Painshill Park, Surrey

Painshill Park is bringing together key players in the debate to a major conference, using Painshill’s award winning restoration as a model for past and present approaches, and discussing new ways of looking at landscapes in the future.

The two-day conference will be chaired by Dr Patrick Eyres. Speakers will include:

Mavis Batey (Garden History Society)
Mike Calnan (National Trust)
Mark Laird (Harvard University and Painshill Park Consultant)
John Phibbs (Dubois)
Michael Symes (Garden Historian, Author and Lecturer)
Janie Burford (Council Member, Painshill Park Trust)
Kate Felus (Historic Landscapes)
Brent Elliott (Royal Horticultural Society)

Tours of Painshill will be included on the first day.

Cost to delegates:  £100 for the two days including refreshments and lunches (there will be a limited number of places at a reduced fee for students)

To obtain a booking form, or for further information, please contact:

Rachael James (PA and Park Administrator)
Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE
Tel: 01932 868113

This is a fundraising event and proceeds will go towards the on-going restoration of Painshill Park.
Reg. Charity No. 284944

Joint ICOMOS Ireland/ICOMOS-UK Meeting

16th-18th October 2009 – Dublin, Ireland


Phoenix Park Historic Landscape

ICOMOS Ireland and ICOMOS-UK successfully organised the first of a series of annual meetings between Ireland and the UK. The main theme this year was “Cultural Landscapes”. The presentations explored new landscape initiatives in line with the aims of the ELC and the meeting was a great chance for members to network and share their views through workshops and social events.

It was also be an opportunity to hear about, and build on, the outcomes of the preceding “Heritage Council 2009 Irish Landscape Conference” that took place on 14th-16th October 2009 in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. This major conference looked at how effective current strategic and legislative provisions are in securing sustainable development of landscapes and in providing effective landscape planning, management, and conservation within the framework of the ELC.

Programme Details:

6.30-8pm: Drinks reception at the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER –  10am-5pm, Dublin Castle
10.00-10.10:  Introduction
10.10-10.30: Prof. Gabriel Cooney, Head of Archaeology, UCD [ICOMOS Ireland]
Overview/summary of the “Heritage Council 2009 Irish Landscape Conference” issues: strategic initiatives for identifying and sustaining landscapes and recommendations for the way forward.

10.30-11.00: Willy Cumming, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, & Louise Harrington, ICOMOS Ireland Cultural Landscape Subcommittee [ICOMOS Ireland]
Summary of new and recent initiatives to link culture, nature and people in landscapes in Ireland.

11.00-11.20: Paul Walshe, Chair ICOMOS-UK Cultural Landscapes & Historic Gardens Committee [ICOMOS-UK]
Summary of new and recent initiatives to link culture, nature and people in landscapes in the UK.

 11.00-11.20 Tea/Coffee

11.20 -11.40: Mike Clarke, Lake District World Heritage Project [ICOMOS-UK]
Lake District World Heritage Project: Social and Economic Impact Research

11.40 -12.00: [ICOMOS-UK] Speaker tbc
Historic Urban landscapes

 12.00-12.20: Cathy Daly, Dublin Institute of Technology [ICOMOS Ireland]
Measuring Climate Change Impacts in Cultural Landscapes

12.20-12.50: Discussion

12.50-14.00: Lunch

14.20-16.00: Workshops in three groups on identified themes, such as:
 – Defining historic urban landscapes
–  How do we develop an evidence base for cultural attributes of landscapes?
–  Promoting landscape and sense of place

16.00-16.20: Tea/Coffee

16.20-17.00: General discussion:
–  Feedback from discussion groups
–  Management issues
–  How ICOMOS Ireland and ICOMOS-UK might work together in the area of cultural landscapes

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER –  9.30am-5pm, Site Visits:

Phoenix Park historic landscape, Dublin. Led by John McCullen, Superintendent of Phoenix Park

Brú na Bóinne World Heritage site. Led by Claire Tuffy,  Visitor Centre Manager

For more information and bookings please contact: 

Camilla Massara
Events Co-ordinator

Tel: 0207 566 0031


People and Places: Sustaining the Value of World Heritage Cultural Landscapes

The Garden History Society Winter Lectures Series
Wednesday 11 March, 6.30 pm
Susan Denyer, FSA, World Heritage Adviser, ICOMOS, & Secretary, ICOMOS-UK

Cultural landscapes reflect the interaction between people and their environment over time. Sustaining the distinctiveness of World Heritage cultural landscapes can mean sustaining not just the symptoms of interaction but the underlying processes that contribute towards their Outstanding Universal Value.  The Lecture will consider examples of World Heritage cultural landscapes from around the world and show how these sites could provide approaches that are relevant for other landscapes, both rural and urban, in the UK.
Venue: The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ (nearest tube station Farringdon)
Doors open at 6pm when wine or juice will be available
Tickets: £8

: 020 7490 2974 to make advance reservation, or (subject to availability) tickets can be purchased at the door on the night from 6pm


Beyond boundaries – protected landscapes, cities and the European Landscape Convention

EAI Seminar Series

27 January 2009 (Study visit 26 January),

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London

Protected landscapes and cities are interdependent. Protected areas provide valuable services for our urban population – ecological, recreational, economic – and the majority of people live in cities. It is from urban areas that visitor income originates. Many opt to live in high quality countryside and work in a nearby conurbation.
Increasingly we are being encouraged to see the borders between urban and rural, between protected and non-protected, as porous and reciprocal. The European Landscape Convention requires signatories – including the UK and Ireland – to think about how all landscapes need enhancing and celebrating; and to bring people into the foreground of that work. What does this mean in practice? How can protected landscapes work best with urban populations? How should they respond to major growth plans? What can we learn from Europe? These are some of the questions to be addressed in this seminar, which will incorporate a visit to one of the places in Europe where they are most acutely being faced – Thames Gateway and the Kent Downs.
The event is aimed at advancing the application of the European Landscape Convention by Protected Landscape organisations which border major conurbations and interact with them.

Cost including lunch and refreshments on the 27th and study visit on the 26th are:
EAI Members £110
Non-member £135

For more information contact:
Dan Bloomfield
EAI Development Officer
Tel 00 44 1208 869797

The case of Orkney Wind Turbines

Stenness, Orkney; Copyright: Historic Scotland

Scottish Ministers announced today their decision to refuse planning permission for the proposed development of three wind turbines at Merranblo, Stromness, Orkney. The application was considered at a local public inquiry in January 2008. ICOMOS-UK appeared at the inquiry along with other organisations, such as Historic Scotland, Orkney Archaeological Trust, Orkney Skyline Concern and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The World Heritage Site (WHS) in Orkney was inscribed on the World Heritage List as “a major prehistoric cultural landscape that provides a graphic depiction of life in a remote archipelago in the far north of Scotland some 5,000 years ago. […] The monuments of Orkney, dating back to 3000-2000 BC, are outstanding testimony to the cultural achievements of the Neolithic peoples of northern Europe” (UNESCO World Heritage Centre). At the Inquiry ICOMOS-UK expressed concern about the adverse impact of the turbines on the historic environment of the WHS and its setting, as we believed that the site of the proposed development was located within the area of visual impact of the WHS.

The World Heritage Convention in 1972 was set out to identify, protect and preserve for future generations cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity. ICOMOS-UK believed that the erection of the proposed wind turbines would compromise this very sensitive Scottish landscape and therefore have a detrimental impact on the outstanding universal value for which the WHS was inscribed in 1999.

The report by the Scottish Ministers concluded that “given the international importance of the cultural heritage resources of the area […] the objective of preserving these monuments within an appropriate setting is consistent with the fundamental objectives of national policy”.

A Journey Through Kazakhstan

Saturday 4th October, 9.30am-7pm

A study day organised in association with the British Museum, British Kazakh Society and the Royal Asiatic Society, focussing on the history and culture of Kazakhstan. It will include lectures by noted academics and writers of the archaeology, history, art and music of Kazakhstan, providing an introduction to this vast country of diverse landscapes and a rich cultural heritage. There will also be a performance by renowned Kazakh musicians of traditional music, a photographic exhibition and a reception at the end of the day.

For more information and bookings please click here.