ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.
This year, the ICOMOS Advisory Committee, Annual General Assembly and Scientifc Symposium will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 14 to 18 October 2019, on the generous invitation of ICOMOS Morroco.
On the occasion of the meetings, a one-day Scientific Symposium organised by the Advisory Committee on the theme of “Rural Heritage - Landscapes and beyond” will take place on 17 October in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Deadline for submissions is 15 April 2019.
29 March 2019
As you may know, World Monuments Fund (WMF) sponsors the World Monuments Watch (www.wmf.org/watch), a global programme that uses cultural heritage conservation to improve the resilience of communities, enhance social inclusion, and build new capacities in the heritage conservation field and beyond. For the 2020 World Monuments Watch, ICOMOS is again collaborating with WMF by tapping its membership for external desk reviews of the nominations.
ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMOS jointly call upon the National Ministries of the member states of the European Union, the European Parliament and all European institutions in charge of the regulation, to repeal as soon as possible the classification of nitrogen as a biocidal active substance in the EU for the specific purpose of heritage preservation.
Nitrogen is globally used for the preservation of monuments and museum objects, in the context of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM), instead of other potentially hazardous chemical substances. There is no equivalent alternative in terms of preservation care and human health, for both staff and visitors of cultural heritage institutions.
We call upon the European Chemicals Agency to support this initiative and repeal as soon as possible the ban of nitrogen for heritage preservation in the EU.
Read the ICOM-ICOMOS Joint Statement:
Did you know that being an ICOMOS member grants you a free access to numerous historic sites, historic monuments and museums all over the world? ICOMOS National Committees have indeed set agreements at national level allowing the ICOMOS community to discover and enjoy cultural heritage places.
To find out what sites/monuments/museums are concerned in a specific country, click here.
To learn more about how to become an ICOMOS member, click here.
In 1982, ICOMOS established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General Conference. Since then, 18 April has been a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are. Every year, ICOMOS proposes a theme for the celebrations and activities to be organised by the ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees and by other organisations that wish to participate. In 2019, the theme is Rural Landscapes – which is linked to the theme of the 2019 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium on Rural heritage to take place in October in Marrakesh, Morocco (see our page about the Symposium and the call for proposals).
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