ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture


On Thursday 10th December 2009 at 6.30pm in The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL

We would like to invite you to this year’s ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture and Wine Reception, in association with The Royal Institution of Great Britain:

The lecture will be given by Professor Clive Ruggles, Chair of the International Astronomical Union ’s Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage.

In today’s brightly lit world it is all too easy to forget just how overwhelming the dark night sky would have been to human societies in the past—a prominent part of the observed world that was impossible to ignore.

The objects and cycles seen there were vital to people striving to make sense of the world within which they dwelt and to keep their actions in harmony with the cosmos as they perceived it.

The Thirteen Towers, Peru

For the archaeoastronomer, certain ancient monuments provide tantalising glimpses of long lost beliefs and practices relating to the sky, although they have to be interpreted with considerable caution.

In this lecture Clive Ruggles, Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester, will describe some major new discoveries made in recent years, focusing on his own ongoing work in Peru, Polynesia, and prehistoric Europe.

Clive is Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage, which is working with UNESCO and ICOMOS to help identify, protect and preserve the most outstanding manifestations of global cultural heritage relating to the sky. Clive is also President of the Prehistoric Society, and President of IAU Commission 41 (History of Astronomy).  His books include Skywatching in the Ancient World: New Perspectives in Cultural Astronomy, edited with Gary Urton (Colorado, 2007), Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth (ABC-CLIO, 2005), and Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland (Yale UP, 1999).

Admission (including wine and mince pies after the lecture) is £15 for ICOMOS-UK or The Royal institution of Great Britain members.
Admission for non-members is £18 and for students it is £10.

We do hope you will join us on the 10th December, 

For more information and a booking form please contact:

Camilla Massara
Events Co-ordinator
International Council on Monuments & Sites UK

Tel 020 7566 0031
E-mail: camillamassara@icomos-uk.org


Reinventing the Seaside: Blackpool in Context

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April 2009
Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Blackpool’s special history is rooted in its significance as the world’s first working-class seaside resort and its development into a unique centre of popular entertainment.

Today, still synonymous with fun and excitement, Blackpool constitutes an exceptional cultural landscape – a living, evolving expression of the industrial archaeology of the popular seaside holiday.

 Although always at the forefront of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (the town’s motto is ‘Progress’), Blackpool continues to retain its core identity and ambience and to sustain its distinctive atmosphere of revelry and participation, with an impressive array of surviving architectures, built environments and entertainment traditions dedicated to the provision of leisure and enjoyment. Blackpool is now at a critical point in its historical development, looking to reinvent itself through a new masterplan, pursued through the urban regeneration company ReBlackpool. The Blackpool Resort Masterplan sets out an ambitious vision that will transform the town by redefining Blackpool’s future as a top-quality, world-class resort destination, improving the lives of residents and visitors alike. The trick will be to combine modernisation and the search for new markets with an appeal to tradition, identity and the heritage of the recent past and to encourage high quality architecture and redevelopment that responds to and respects the history, heritage and special character of the place.

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12th March 2009, 6.00pm

Centre for Sustainable Heritage, Room 106, Roberts Building 1st Floor – Malet Place, Corner with Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT

Guest Lecture delivered by:
Professor Michael Turner
UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee

The conservation of cultural heritage in general and of Jerusalem in particular, can be perceived either as the means of consensus or as the essence of the casus belli of the cultural and political reality of the city. The former has more to offer and with the need for sustainability – conserving the city of past, present and future generations – mutual recognition can transcend the barriers of conflict.

The Arch of Ecce Homo, Jerusalem

The Arch of Ecce Homo, Jerusalem

This presentation takes a look at the wider options for the definition of Jerusalem’s multi-cultural significance and will present a possible scenario that employs the almost globally accepted UNESCO World Heritage Convention as the foundation of consensus building. While the significance of religious myth and symbolism is high on the list, it should be put into the spatial perspective to balance the sacred and profane. This reappraisal might provide a focus for a clearer definition of the city’s cultural significance, peeling the palimpsest, thus giving revised boundaries, relevant buffer zones and a mechanism for management. A dynamic interpretation demands a collective respect by all concerned citizens of the events in the city, thus allowing the shared historic score to be played with different emphases and different instruments by each of the players.

Please email Ben Glynn at b.glynn@ucl.ac.uk if you wish to attend.
Please note that this is a public lecture and all are welcome to attend

Contributing to the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities debate

Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region

4th-7th April 2009, Amman, Jordan

International Conference – Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan

The conference will critically explore the major issues facing the MENA region with regard to the development of tourism and its relationships with heritage and culture, to draw upon best practice from international scholars and to help develop new research capacities amongst the region’s scholars, policy makers and professionals. The conference will bring together over 150 international delegates, all with an interest in sharing research relating to the changing relationships between tourism, heritage and culture in the Middle East and North Africa; it will provide an important occasion for exchanging ideas about tourism, heritage and culture which we recognise as an important mechanism in generating inter-cultural dialogue. UNESCO and ICCROM will be represented.
Brochure and Registration Form 

The Conference is being organised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC) based in the UK, and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) based in Jordan and it is supported by the Greater Amman Municipality. The event will be held in the King Hussein Cultural Centre in the heart of Amman. Dr Taleb Rifai, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation will be a keynote speaker.
For more information please contact:

Lina G. Tahan
Conference Convenor
Dr. Lina G. Tahan
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change
Faculty of Arts and Society
Leeds Metropolitan University
Old School Board
Civic Quarter
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3ED
Mob:+44 (0) 7770 52 52 91
Tel:+44 (0) 113 812 9178
Fax:+44 (0) 113 812 8544

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

Email: enquiries@gardenhistorysociety.org

Elections: 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS, Quebec, 2008

Last Saturday 4th October at the 16th ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec, Gustavo Araoz was elected President of ICOMOS for the 2008 – 2011 mandate. Members also elected the officers and the ICOMOS Executive Committee (1 President, 1 Secretary General, 1 Treasurer General, 5 Vice Presidents and 12 Executive Committee members).

The following members were elected:


  • Gustavo ARAOZ (United States of America)

Secretary General

  • Bénédicte SELFSLAGH (Belgium)

Treasurer General

  • Jadran ANTOLOVIC (Croatia)

Candidates – Vice President

  • Kristal BUCKLEY (Australia)
  • GUO Zhan (China)
  • Andrew HALL (South Africa)
  • Francisco LOPEZ MORALES (Mexico)
  • Olivier POISSON (France)

Candidates – Executive Committee

  • Alfredo CONTI (Argentina)
  • Gideon KOREN (Israel)
  • Kirsti KOVANEN (Finland)
  • Philippe LA HAUSSE (Mauritius)
  • Wilfried LIPP (Austria)
  • Christoph MACHAT (Germany)
  • Yasuyoshi OKADA (Japan)
  • Hae-Un RII (Korea)
  • Angela ROJAS (Cuba)
  • Hristina STANEVA (Bulgaria)
  • Boguslav SZMYGIN (Poland)

ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage

The ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage is looking for new members.

Membership is open to ICOMOS members able to demonstrate expertise in any field associated with protection, maintenance and conservation of monuments and sites that have intangible cultural heritage associations.

If you are interested in joining this Committee and you are a member of ICOMOS-UK, please contact Camilla Massara on camillamassara@icomos-uk.org for more information.