Theme for 2006 : Industrial Heritage

Celebrate the 18th April - world heritage day!

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was created on 18th April, 1982, by ICOMOS and later approved at the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. This special day offers an opportunity to raise public’s awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. For six years now, ICOMOS has been choosing a common theme shared by all ICOMOS National Committees for this day. This year’s theme was chosen at the 15th General Assembly of ICOMOS by the Executive Committee and approved by the General Assembly in the following resolution.

We call on ICOMOS members and professionals in the preservation field to make this day a global success. Industrial heritage, like other cultural heritage sectors, is threatened all over the world. The rapid economic and industrial changes that have characterized the last two centuries have resulted in numerous sites, often spread over large areas, which have been rendered defunct due to changes in technology or the exhaustion of natural resources. The value of these sites to industrial history and the past centuries is, however, often not well understood and frequently there is a lack of national awareness of the importance of this heritage and above all on the need for citizens to retain its full ownership. Factories, plantations, forges, mines, railways and other forms of industrial heritage are markers of the workplace and production, having equal importance to the religious and domestic sites which are often given priority. Industrial heritage is, in general, at risk of loss through destruction and abandonment, endangering some of the greatest testaments to the creative genius of humanity.

This year, ICOMOS will be working on this theme in cooperation with The International Committee for the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH). TICCIH has been a long-time partner of ICOMOS on the issue of industrial heritage, advocating its preservation, conservation, investigation, documentation, research and interpretation. This organization offers ICOMOS the opportunity to work jointly with an international network of professionals and specialists in the field of Industrial Heritage this 18TH April.

To mark the 18th April, ICOMOS encourages its National and International Scientific Committees and members to organize activities to foster the conservation and protection of Industrial Heritage of all types –bridges, railways, factories, mines etc. In mid-January 2006, in co-operation with TICCIH, the International Secretariat will be forwarding you information material and documentation to help you organize your Committee’s activities. Please also regularly consult the new rubric on industrial heritage that will be launched on the ICOMOS web site: in early January. Furthermore, we would encourage you to contact your national member of TICCIH who can provide you with additional material, contacts and advice, online at .

If you are organizing meetings, workshops, or other activities to mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18th April, please send any information or press clippings to Ian Cochran at the International Secretariat. We will be compiling a calendar of planned events online.

The International Secretariat can also help you by circulating announcements of your activities related to the Day ahead of the 18th April to all the other ICOMOS Committees – just forward the written announcement to us by e-mail.

Information on 18th April is being published in the coming ICOMOS News and we look forward to mentioning a selection of National Committee activities in the mid-year.

Finally, do not hesitate to send in any suggestions or comments you may have on the principle of this day, the chosen theme or any innovative ways to celebrate our shared world heritage.


Dernière mise à jour: February 8th 2006 -