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


Study tour of the Republic of Ireland – Quality Place-making

7th-10th July 2009

This tour will explore four towns in the Republic sharing information and good practice on what makes a high quality place.

Youghal001_sqFrom contemporary lighting schemes and public realm design in Cork to the colourful shop fronts in Youghal, embedded in the towns history, and Waterford’s vision “ to create a framework of public and civic spaces of character and visual quality” in a medieval city known for its ancient City Walls and craftsmanship, and finally an international conference in Kilkenny Castle – “Serving people while preserving heritage” – which will bring together practitioners and representatives from policy making bodies.

Programme Details and Online Booking

Places are limited and bookings must be received by 12 June.

Contemporary architecture in the context of a World Heritage City

Wednesday 3rd June

Please join an evening looking at contemporary architecture in the context of a World Heritage City with a special guest from Canada, Herb Stovel, an expert on World Heritage matters, to speak about his experiences with the changing landscape of international world heritage cities.

Please contact Glasgow City Heritage Trust on 0141 552 1331 to reserve your place (limited spaces available).

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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Crises and the City

The Urban History Group Annual Conference

2nd-3rd April 2009, University of Warwick

This conference will explore the concept of urban crises at a variety of scales. The theme is interpreted broadly to encompass not only those crises relating to urban growth, but also the way that individuals and institutions in cities experience and manage such events. It also invites papers that seek to explore the way that crises can generate new opportunities in the urban context.

Until relatively recently, historians have primarily considered cities in the context of growth – in relation to population increase, economic expansion and opportunity, political freedoms, social liberation and cultural formation. As recent events in the global economy have highlighted, however, growth is not necessarily always the case. Downturns in economic activity, shifts in the organisational structure of capitalism, changes and restrictions in personal freedoms, and cultural conservatism at times have been as important in structuring cities and urban life. How have these crises impacted on cities and what role have cities played in generating these crises? What opportunities arise in the wake of crises? What kinds of institutional arrangements emerged to manage such crises and how effective have they been in responding to the changes they faced? How have individuals experienced those crises and in what way have they responded both as individuals and collectivities? What forms of assistance and institutions developed to manage such a range of personal crises?

Registration and programme details

Contact details:

Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester
Marc Fitch House
3-5 Salisbury Road
Leicester, LE1 7QR  – UK
t: +44 (0)116 252 2378
f: +44 (0)116 252 5769

New Challenges in Urban Design

24th October 2008, St.Peter’s Church, Belper, Derbyshire

A Joint conference organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute, Royal Institute of British Architects and the Belper Civic Forum. This significant annual conference will be held in Belper to closely examine problems such as the conflict between economic development and conservation in a World Heritage Site context. Concessions available for local residents and Civic Forum members.

“New Challenges in Urban Design” Conference Poster

Conference Booking Form

Historic Urban Landscapes: A New Concept? A New Category of World Heritage Sites?

12th FUUH International Seminar

5th to 10th April 2009, Hanoi, Republic of Viet Nam

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Hanoi People’s Committee, Hanoi University of Architecture (HAU), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Organizing Committee are pleased to announce the forthcoming 12th FUUH International Seminar to be held at the National Convention Center (NCC) in Hanoi, Republic of Viet Nam, on the following theme:


The CALL FOR PAPERS and all relevant information is available on the seminar website:

For further information, please contact with the seminar secretary: