ICOMOS e-News n° 88: 18 April - The Heritage of Education

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e-News n°88

23 janvier 2018

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18 April - International Day for Monuments and Sites
Theme 2013: The Heritage of Education

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Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS celebrates the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The theme for 2013 is the Heritage of Education.

Aim of the International Day

The aim of the International Day for Monuments and Sites is to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it.

2013 Theme: the Heritage of Education

Throughout history and in different geo-cultural contexts, education was practised in a wide range of places or buildings. Open spaces, agora or the protective shadow of a tree could be useful for the transmission of knowledge, but also specific institutional buildings such as schools, universities, madrasas, academies, libraries, monasteries, etc.

Many of those buildings, groups of buildings or sites are recognised as bearing not only social or institutional values but also historic or artistic ones, and have therefore become a significant part of our cultural heritage.

The protection and conservation of the heritage of education not only implies preserving cultural assets but also, at the same time, celebrating education as one of the fundamental human tasks.

Read more about the theme in EnglishFrench - Spanish

Events and activities

18 April is celebrated all over the world by a wide range of organisations and many ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees.

Events include scientific conferences and symposia, exhibitions, photography competitions, excursions, press conferences, the awarding of prizes, releasing press releases, publishing magazine articles, projecting films etc.

Please inform the ICOMOS International Secretariat on any activities you are undertaking to celebrate the day and this year’s theme, so that we can include it on the special web page as soon as possible.

Please send us information on your activities in electronic format to secretariat@icomos.org (please mention 18 April in the email header) and preferably in the following format:
Committee / Date / Place / Title of event and a web link or attached publishable PDF with information on the event.

A calendar of events will be posted shortly on the special web site. 

Resources

Visit the 18 April web site for more information on the history of the International Day for Monuments and Sites and the themes of previous years; and for ideas on how to celebrate.

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 Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio (Bologna) © Dalbera/Flickr

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